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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on The Comical Hyena

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Evette Hartig
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Now that’s a guy on a mission! What a hoot to watch….always something interesting on every drive, that’s why we never wanted to leave!

Graeme Marais
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Tyrrell – great shots!!

Louise Taback
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Awesome!!! Never a dull moment in the Bush!!!

Lisa Otten
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What an awesome set of pics JT! Nice to have an unusual story on the blog….sure there are many more other hyena antics, particularly around camp, that could be written about too!

Sandy Hahn Ghosh
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James – Awesome pics! Good copy too. Thank you!

Alessio
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What’s the difference in size and strenght btw that jumpig hyena and Marthly male leopard?

James Tyrrell
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Alessio they are relatively similar size-wise. However, the leopard, being a solitary hunter, has more to lose in the event of an injury, as it is not as an efficient scavenger as the hyena. Any loss in hunting ability could prove fatal. As a result, leopards are relatively disinclined to enter into physical conflict, especially with hyenas, which are tough animals which can deliver a tremendous bite and inflict serious wounds.
Big male leopards like this are known to stand up to hyenas in defense of a kill, particularly if the hyena is a small one, but it varies a lot depending on the situation; how hungry the leopard or hyena is, how much of the kill is left, male or female leopard or hyena etc….

Alessio
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Thank you very much, so how much weight a standard- average mature female hyena and a standard mature territorial male leopard?

James T
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The largest territorial male leopards probably weigh in excess of 80kg, and a large female spotted hyena probably about the same, but average probably in the 70’s.

Alessio
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Thank you!

MJ Bradley
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love the hyena’s after learning so much about them on the Live Safari Drives.. Miss seeing them and following the clan.. Floppy Ear was a great matriarch.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures.. they are tenacious creatures aren’t they?

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