SPOTTED HYAENA - Crocuta crocuta by Magaret Meintjes
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Spotted hyena
Location captured: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Spotted hyenas are creatures of the open woodland, open savannah, and semi desert.
They are predominantly scavengers but are also active and relentless hunters. Their existence depends upon a large supply of game and their disappearance in certain parts reflects the impact of man upon their environment. They are active mainly at dusk and night and occasionally by day. They sleep in self-dug or appropriated burrows, in tall grass or rock piles. They roll in mud, carrion or regurgitated food and indulge in mutual licking and grooming.
Their voice is an integral ‘sound of an African night’, a succession of long drawn-out whoops, beginning low on the scale and rising in cadence and up the scale, ending in a low moaning, at the gathering together for the hunt. Their other vocalizations are hysterical gaggling after successful hunt, yelling when attempting to drive of an enemy, whining, grunting and groaning.
The spotted hyaena family is a matriarchal society, in which the heavier female is the undisputed ruler of the clan. There is usually a single dominant male, which defers to the ruling matriarch. The females have external genitalia, remarkably similar to those of the males, giving rise to an age-old myth that the spotted hyaenas are hermaphrodites.
Their main enemies are lion. Unguarded young and solitary animals fall prey to lion as well as leopards and hunting dogs. The young are also vulnerable to old hyaena males and to other packs of spotted hyaena. The mutual savage hatred of the lion by the spotted hyaena is evidence of the long a bitter rivalry between the two species and the unrelenting harassment by each other at the kill. One to four, usually two, antiracial pups is born.
FOOD: PREDOMINANTLY CARRION; their main food is from lion kills, capable even of consuming the tight bone of the buffalo. As their senses are keen, they are generally the first to detect a carcass or kill. They hunt old, sick and young herbivores and in some areas adult antelope and zebra are brought down to a bite to their fetlocks and then torn to pieces while still alive. While in a pack they may drive lion and other predators from their kills. Solitary humans may be at risk from the packs at night. Sheep, donkeys, horses and goats are taken and any loose offal or anything remotely edible is consumed. Other food is any small animals, crabs, also relishing the faeces of wild dogs. They eat grass and other vegetable matter and the contents of refuse bins at rest camps. The young also eat the faeces of ungulates. Very dependant on available water for which they will travel very far.

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Comments

  • Lisa  Weber
    Lisa Weberalmost 6 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the honor Lisa, very unexpected but thrilled! Take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 6 years ago

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 6 years ago

    Nice Mags!

  • thank yo so much Steve, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous image, thanks for the info :)

  • My joy and pleasure and thank yo so much for your time and very kind comment, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture, looks like you would’nt want to get too much closer !!

  • Thank you so much sweet Trudi, yeah with a hyaena you never know ! Safeground is the answer, take care Truds, hugs

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 6 years ago

    Great.. awesome capture Mags. See these guys more often than the brown hyaena.

  • Thank you again Olitto, yes I agree, in the KNP you see them and very seldom the brown hyaena, but here… we have them and actually have to capture them to have them re-located as they are not very popular amongs the cattle and sheep farmers. We have already re- located three brown ones. Take care sweet friend !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • melant1017
    melant1017almost 6 years ago

    This is awesome, very nice capture of these two :-) NICE!

    ~A

  • Thank you so much dear friend for a great and inspiring comment, really take it to heart, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • SlayerX
    SlayerXalmost 6 years ago

    Very nice!!!

  • Thank you so much for your time and very kind comment, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 6 years ago

  • Wow, didn’t think this capture would bring so much joy and excitement! Thank you so much for the top 10 I am honoured, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 6 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature and the honour, I am so happy! Take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

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