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on Spotted Hyenas : Love them or Hate them

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Rosie
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I used to think of hyena as sneaky nasty scavengers until I started watching the live safari drives at Djuma on Wildearth tv online. Now I love them (most of the time lol), the babies are so curious and playful and even the older ones are cute to look at up close. The only time I don’t like them are when they annoy (or bite the end of the taills off) my beloved leopards lol. Love the pics above, especially the small baby, I’m missing seeing the teeny ones, as the ones we watch have all got to the age where they have got their spots now, so it was good to see a tiny one again, thank you.

Gail Woloz
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Hi Adam – What an interesting blog. I must admit, I have always been the one who thinks hyenas are just the “ugly bottom feeders” in the bush. They are always seeming to cause chaos and they are just everywhere. But, also, I admit the babies are very cute and it was fun to watch them frolic around. Also in Sabi Sands a few years back it was amazing to watch wild dog and hyenas running circles around our vehicle. A wild dog had a piece of meat and the hyenas wanted it bad. I can still hear the sounds of the hyenas and feel my heart pounding with excitement watching the entire dance. Great photos you have taken!!!! Lastly – thank you for taking care of my clients Ed and family this week. They are having an incredible safari thanks to you and don’t want to leave wonderful Londolozi! Cheers!

Ellen Webster
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I love hyenas. Not only are they beautiful, but without them things don’t get cleaned up the way they should. On our trip the camp we visited after Londolozi had had it’s hyena population severely reduced by the lions. Around the waterhole there were carcasses rotting everywhere. It looked like a war had taken place. No hyenas equals a big mess.

Rich Laburn
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I agree with you Ellen, I also love hyenas. If you spend enough time observing them you will notice fascinating patterns of behaviour, social hierarchies and an exceptionally determined attitude. Thanks for your comments.

Penny Parker
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I agree with Ellen and Rich. Although they may not be the spectacularly beautiful leopard, they have their own quirky nature to them that makes them uniquely “hyena”. No one can argue that they arent wild. Fascinating creatures, and no night in the bush would be quite the same without that amazing characteristic whooping sound. I find them very exciting creatures, never a dull moment thats for sure.

Sheena
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The Bin Men of the Bush – they get my vote – I wish our Bin men would show the same
enthusiasm for life!!

Meghann Rosenberg
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What beautiful pictures Adam! I have such an odd fascination with hyenas, they are such an amazing animal and wonderful to watch.

Russell
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Great coverage of the much maligned hyena. I Am fascinated by them, and have seen many films by them over the years. I am particularly a big fan of Dereck and Beverley Joubert and also of Kim Wolhuiter who have produced many films of these animals .

Rich Laburn
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Glad you enjoyed the video Russell, they are indeed fascinating creatures to spend time with and although often misunderstood, they demonstrate a hugely intelligent and unique social structure. Thanks for your comments, Rich

leah
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hyenas my altime fave animal i am writing a essay on to stop killing them off so keep the GOOD facts coming thx 😀

Arlyn
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I used to be indifferent to hyenas, but now I love ’em! They’re very smart animals.

Kion
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Hyenas are as good as any other wild, African predator. Cats may be more beautiful and even regal or noble looking, but in behavior, the law of the jungle prevails with all – every animal for himself/his/her group.

Mike Spells
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I have always love hyenas I just came back from Harar Ethiopia and I was able to feed hyenas on a stick and from my mouth and they were all from the wild. I’ve traveled all over the world and until I experienced this it was one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever done.

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