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The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), also known as the laughing hyena or tiger wolf, is a species of hyena native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a highly successful animal, being the most common large carnivore in Africa. Its success is due in part to its adaptability and opportunism; it is both an efficient hunter and a scavenger, with the capacity to eat and digest skin, bone and other animal waste. Territory size is highly variable, ranging from less than 40 km² in the Ngorongoro Crater to over 1,000 km² in the Kalahari. Home ranges are defended through vocal displays, scent marking and boundrary patrols.
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
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BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 Competition
Category: Animal Behaviour / Mammals
Stage reached: Semi-Final

Featured in 6 groups:
“Wild Nature Photography & Writing”
“Indigenous to East & Southern Africa”
“Fauna, flora, landscapes and architecture of South Africa"
“The Virtual Museum”
“Closeups in Nature”
“Mozambique & all African Countries”

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  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2about 5 years ago

    What an awesome photo! Love how he playing in the dirt kicking it sideward. The colours are amazing also:=}

  • Thanks a lot Ann-maree!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundeabout 5 years ago

    Wow! What a shot :)

  • Thank you very much Cheryl!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 5 years ago

    Very nice capture.Thanks for sharing…Tom

  • Thanks mate, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2about 5 years ago

    Congratulations Konstantinos! Your wonderful work has been Featured in the ‘Wild Nature Photography and Writing Group" Now you can enter in the February Featured artists Challenge,’Good Luck!"

  • Many thanks Ann-maree, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!!

  • Thanks a lot Carol!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2about 5 years ago

    Your very welcome Konstantinos and Thankyou for adding me to your watchlist:=}

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations Konstantinos! This excellent image was chosen to be among the latest featured in our group by current featured artist Olwen Evans

  • Many thanks Olwen and David, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    So very sweet!! :D

  • Thanks a lot Cee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 5 years ago

  • Many thanks Sandra, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • danamh40
    danamh40almost 5 years ago

    Great capture!! Someone’s having fun!!

  • Yes indeed someone is having fun Dana, thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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