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Bruce Arnott

Field Guide Alumni

Bruce worked at Londolozi from 2017 to 2020. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after which he moved down to ...

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on Have You Ever Seen a Hyena Wallowing?

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Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Bruce I was fascinated with the Hyena and the wild dogs. Great photos and I learned something I did not know.

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide Alumni

Thank you Andrew!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Watching wild dogs and hyenas in water reminds me of labs…. they love cavorting/playing in any body of water. Just goes to show that some traits in domesticated animals are true for their wild counterparts.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Bruce, what a wonderful blog – i have never seen a hyena in the water!

Alex McMillan
Explorer

Yes, I’ve frequently seen hyenas sitting in waterholes. I’ve always wondered, in the man-made waterholes, how this leaves the water tasting after the hyena departs! In the mornings, they often seem to get frisky around water and play and splash in it. Definitely an endearing animal to watch, full of character.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

I really reappraised my views on hyenas after visiting Londolozi and seeing the hyena den . So cute , having said that I have also heard hyena clans fighting.

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Ian, great, I’m glad to hear that your opinion changed!

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Yes I have in the Mara it’s very interesting behavior. Great blog thanks for sharing

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide Alumni

Thank you Brian!

Terre08
Explorer

Together with the Wild Dogs the smartest predators.

Terre08
Explorer

The photos were wonderful thanks you.

Lee Robinson
Explorer

can’t wait until our safari!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

I have to admit that I actually loved the photos of hyenas playing and cooling off. They do not make me like them a lot, but they had a certain goofy charm. Victoria

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

I have seen hyena just lying in the water. Your post explains why! Thanks for sharing,
Bruce! Nice photos!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Darlene, I’m glad the blog gave you some insight!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Love this article! My favorite animal in the bush!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

An interesting blog Bruce. Have a healthy respect for hyenas and wild dogs. I have seen their water behaviour on some of the live wildlife cams. Your pics were excellent. Thanks for sharing with us.

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for highlighting one of my personal favorites!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I have seen several hyenas lying around a pan in Moremi before.

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