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Bruce Arnott

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

Thank you Andrew!

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

Thank you Brian!

Together with the Wild Dogs the smartest predators.

The photos were wonderful thanks you.

can’t wait until our safari!

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

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

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

Love this article! My favorite animal in the bush!

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.

Thank you for highlighting one of my personal favorites!

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

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