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James Tyrrell


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 Mating Hyenas: Incredibly Rare Footage

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Incredible experience James. Wonderful to capture it. Hyenas are such interesting animals.

James, this is fascinating! I so enjoyed the video and the photos. Hyenas are so interesting and beautiful in their own way. People seem to underestimate them and their vast talents. Very interesting post! Thank you!

HI Darlene, Thanks for the comments. I agree; I think the more people know about them, the more they can appreciate their value in an ecosystem.

James, Leave it to you to come up with one of the craziest posts ever! While the technical data is interesting, reading the blog and trying to keep a straight face is nearly impossible – nice try though! The videos are a riot… guess “practice makes perfect!” 😉

Hi Michael and Terri,
If I’m honest, I was also struggling to keep a straight face while watching the whole event!!

What fabulous luck to have seen this rare event, much wise record it! James, you always give the reader interesting detail and information. Hyenas are under rated and often misunderstood.

Hi Joanne,
Thanks for the comments.
Indeed, they are very misunderstood creatures. I think lodges all over Africa have been trying for years to undo some of the damage The Lion King did to their reputation 😉

Amazing photos and video. I had no idea their mating ritual was so difficult. I love learning something new every day.

Hi Denise,
I had no idea either until I looked it up. I suggest visiting the site of Kay Holekamp that we reference on the blog; there’s a wealth of information there!

Absolutely incredible, I’ve only ever seen footage of this behaviour once before (which was of a pair in thick bushes, funnily enough)! Hyenas are definetely some of my favourite animals, with the brown hyena actually narrowly beating the spotted!

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