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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 Hyena Mornings in Photos

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Hyenas are amazing animals. Spending time at a hyena den can be fascinating. Great photo of the hyena with the pelvis.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Oh the penultimate shot is a cracker, who says hyenas aren’t photogenic?

I must admit when I was at Londolozi the trips to the hyena den were an absolute joy

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Hyenas are underrated for sure! Sitting at a hyena den watching the antics of the babies is absolutely the best. Loved the photos, in particular the one of the two cubs peering over the body of the poor mom who was trying to rest! A prize winner there!

Tracey Katz
Explorer

Tsalala lioness certainly isn’t having an easy time! What a great hunter she is though – just no clan support!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Watching nature programs on TV in the US, I’d always pictured hyenas as disreputable thieves and marauders; these photos give a whole new perspective. When I was in Londolozi, we’d stopped our evening game drive for drinks and munchies, and a lone hyena seemed to be showing too great an interest in our little group.

Terre08
Explorer

You can thank National Geography for that with ridiculous shows like “Savage Kingdom” where the hyenas are portrayed as thieves and murderous scum compared to the “noble” lions even though lions steal more from hyenas than the other way around. Now that Disney has bought National Geographic there will probably be even more things like that.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, I loved the photo of hyena cubs

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

I know that hyenas are necessary, I simply cannot like them. However interesting pictures! Victoria

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Fun picture of the two cubs peering over Mom’s back!!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Some excellent photos here James, especially the exhausted mum with the two pups peering over her back!! I know hyenas are much maligned, but they do have a place in the African wilderness- and the little ones are so cute, but I wish they’d leave the leopards and lions kills alone sometimes 😘👏📷

My favorite African animal! They are so underrated and misunderstood and cubs are the perfect way to change one’s minds!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Excellent feeding story with interesting images. All those full bellies signaled a trip to the den for some sleep. Darling image of the cubs on mom.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Such a Beautiful Morning!!

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

The cubs are so adorable.

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