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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by joekin » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:13 am

I found a book at home called "Agter die skerms in die Kruger-Wildtuin" by Piet Meiring.

the one chapter deals with life and death in the "oerwoud" there is a picture of a brown hyena eating what looks like a impala.

the book was printed in 1982.

quite interesting

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by joekin » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:17 pm

Richprins wrote:Hello, joekin!

Willie De Beer was one of the official Parks Board photographers around that time, and visited all Parks. The book also contains a pic taken in a lion park, and what looks like Addo elephant.

Looks like a springbuck to me! :tongue:



well that completely defeats the object of making a book on kruger and taking pics elsewhere lol.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by joekin » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:48 am

okie wrote:Right you are :thumbs_up:

Joekin , I am :mrgreen: about that book you have . Facinating -please tell us more :hmz:
let me just check my posts quick i found another book awhile ago where it mentioned BH numbers in the park give me a few.............................. :hmz:

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:25 pm

Aquilla wrote:sorry folks, but no pics , no believe...
Well, having seen a picture, I now do believe:

"The picture was taken of a brown hyena at 05:38 am on the morning of the 2nd of December 2010. Animal was seen about a kilometre south of the Trichardt Rd and Lindanda Rd junction (S24.68226 E31.93635). Animal ran across road before stopping some way into the bush and turning, before running off again."

The photograph, which reached me via a circuitous route, was taken by someone working on a KNP research project.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:36 pm

The photograph came as an attachment to an e-mail that has been forwarded any number of times. I do not know the person who took it personally, so don't feel that I'm at liberty to post the picture on a public forum like this.

It is not a very good photograph, but that the animal is a brown hyaena is beyond doubt.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:46 pm

Toll Pienaar (previous head of KNP and director of SANParks) wrote a book about his 40 plus years in KNP. There he relates detail about sightings of scarce animals such as roan, lichtensteins hartebeest. etc. He specifically notes brown hyena sightings reported by anyone, including rangers and tourists. According to my thumb suck calculation this happens on average once in 4 to 6 years. Only once is there a report of two animals being seen together.

So there is reliable evidence that they wonder in every now or then, but it is just as conclusive that they are very scarce and do not hang around. This concurs with their social habit of having a part of their population (mostly breeding males) being nomads, who can travel tremendous distances.

To put it in another perspective. Have you heard about Mellers mongoose? It is another scarce animal. These sightings are also reported and that happens around once in two or three years.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by joekin » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:05 am

brave_crazy wrote:Hi there!

I know that no-one will believe me, judging by most posts on this topic. But we saw what i identified as a brown hyeana in the Mopani area last August. Unfortunately it was too far away for a picture but we spent a good 45mins watching it through binoculars. I couldnt believe it, and thought it was an aardwolf, but the size and slant of the back ruled it out for me.

It was a real pity that it wasnt closer to the road, but then i guess it would of dissapeared a lot quicker, and there wouldnt be a chance of identifying it.

So i believe there are BH, its just that they are really shy and secretive.


i know many doubt but deep down inside they all believe there are BH in KNP.

I found 2 books from the old days in which they were mentioned.
we must just remember the knp guide shows us "the most commonly seen" mammals.
well if a aardwolf is common then no wonder the BH isn't on the list

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:31 am

I would love somebody to post an authentic pic taken within the boundaries of Kruger on an 'official' tourist activity so that I can stop doubting....
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:33 am

This is a copy of a picture in the book "Kruger National Park - Questions & Answers" published in 1980 and the Author is PF Fourie.

The photograph is by Gus Mills
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by forestgump » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:57 am

Is the photo not taken in the old Kalahari Gemsbok National Park ?,As far as I remember, Gus also doubted existance of Brown Hyena in Kruger.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:03 am

:hmz: Why then would it be published in a "Kruger Park" book - Then it would be tricking the reader and purchaser :shock:

It does not say where it was taken and why put a Kalahari picture in a Kruger Park book :rtm:
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by okie » Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:26 pm

My immediate conclusion was also that the pic was not taken in Kruger . :hmz:
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by forestgump » Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:18 pm

" There is not at present a breeding population of brown hyenas in Kruger. The handful of brown hyenas that have been seen in the park over the last ten years are undoubtedly vagrants from neighbouring areas where brown hyenas are not uncommon, while spotted hyenas have been eradicated." PAGE 148-149 ,Hyena Nights and Kalahari Days, Gus and Margie Mills.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Richprins » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:06 pm

Look, in those days, before the digital age, SANPARKS had their own photographer/s, and their and other contributions were kept centrally for various publications, not necessarily with the locations included.

I also have PF Fourie's book.

The pic in question was taken in Kalahari Transfrontier Park, where, Dr Mills did an extensive study of these animals.

There were no pics of Kruger brown hyenas.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:44 pm

So we are no closer.....Even the great researcher has said it.
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