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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
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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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