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Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Anthony » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:20 pm

A few mammal books say that you get Brown Hyena in the Kruger. Iv never, nor has anybody I know, ever seen one.
Has anybody spotted one in Kruger? Photo's would be a bonus!!

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:41 pm

Anthony, there has been a very strong debate on this forum about, if and when, a Brown Hyena was seen in Kruger.

I have been looking for an old predator book of mine, printed about 20 years ago, where it was stated that the Brown Hyena had not been seen for decades.

Since then, some people swear that they have seen the animals.

They were endemic to the area, and maybe a few animals survived the slaughter of our ancestors.

The official answer might be that there are no, "Brown Hyenas", but one never knows. :huh:
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by christo » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:28 pm

A forumite (I think it was Penny) saw one in greater Kruger and posted the pic as proof. I cannot remember for the life of me where though :doh:
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Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:32 pm

It was in the private reserve Thornybush, adjacent to Kruger and an awesome sighting. :D

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by FISHEAGLE31 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:54 pm

Hi all. I did see a brown hyena in kruger in Letaba area about 10 years ago and since then never again.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by batman » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:48 am

Hi all,

I just wanted to know why they have not been re-introduced into kruger if they originally were found there?

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:42 am

Batman, I think that there was a concern about their viability due to pressure from other predators.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:17 pm

I beleive they do occur in Kruger , just in very low numbers and probably exclusively nocturnal .
Forum member gmlSmit saw one in 1967 .
I beleive I caught a fleeting glimpse of one in the mid 1980's near Bateleur bushveld camp .

You may be surprised to hear that I have a newspaper clipping from 1997 with a photo showing one killed by a car very close to where I live .
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by gmlsmit » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:56 pm

We made our first visit to KRUGER during August 1967, and were still rather green.One morning we were driving across the low water bridge across the Olifants river near Balule and noticed a very strange looking creature ( very hairy dark brown with a lighter coloured neck and what seemed like stripes on the lower front legs hyena type of animal )for a while , we did not have a clue what it was .
We had a look in the MAMMALS of the Kruger and other National Parks by R J Labuschagne and N J van Niekerk and identified it as a Brown Hyaena ( Hyaena brunnea ) .I notice that Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa by Chris and Tilda Stuart now mentions Parahyaena brunnea .In any case we then drove on and later upon getting back to Camp ( Olifants ) spoke to a SANPARKS person and he then confirmed that what we had actually seen was a Brown Hyaena and also mentioned that we were very fortunate with this sighting.
I discussed this with Tom Mollentze who was then Ranger at the Olifants area ,I think his post was named Klipkoppies , and from the description I gave , he also confirmed our sighting.being a Brown Hyaenain 1971.
Unfortunately that was our only sighting of it in KRUGER.
We have had quite a few sightings of these animals in the KTFP since 1972
which were also confirmed by Gus Mills.He also then mentioned that they were in KRUGER but very few and far between.
They were there then then , maybe a few still remain.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:23 pm

I can add that the late ranger Thys Mostert told me in person that there had been sightings by his field staff when stationed in the northern KNP around 40 years ago , and another ex ranger has confirmed seperate sightings by more than one KNP employee .
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:50 pm

Brown Hyena are very secretive. They can also go for long periods without water, so they might not be seen around water holes.

They are also nocturnal.

They might very well be around Kruger. There is a lot of place to hide. I would not dismiss them.

I suppose a question is about viability.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by shortcourse » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:01 pm

Oops - sorry for having gone off topic there!!!

Regarding Brown Hyenas, I for one would not write off them being in Kruger somewhere, especially further North in the dryer regions. On a side note, I highly recommend a read of Mark and Delia Owens' book "Cry of the Kalahari" - quite an old book but set in the Kalahari with the focus of the book being on their experiences there and trying to find out more about the Brown Hyena.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by onewithnature » Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:11 am

Totally and valiantly so. But it would be most informative if someone in the know could tell us for sure whether brown hyaena in fact reside in the Park. One guy who sounded like an expert at Maholoholo a few years ago insisted that Brown Hyaena are entirely extinct from Kruger.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:53 pm

I would agree with that.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread post by Penny » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:13 am

It is more than 20 years since we saw a Brown Hyaena at Kumana Dam but having said that I saw one in April last year in the Greater Kruger area and I do not believe that there is any earthly reason why they would not be present in Kruger! It is surely a matter of time before a night drive spots one or alternatively maybe the trails rangers see spoor! An interesting scenario I agree!
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