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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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Two interesting and well-written blogs, back to back. Thanks, Tayla.

Thank you Dave.

We have always marveled at the efficiency of a hyena as it dospatches a carcass so easily. Would not have gueseed that about the hippopotamus.

Very interesting! Hippos are princes of bite then and crocodile are kings! Impressive

Both you blogs have vital information on the subjects spoken about, thanks Tayla. I certainly would not like to be on the receiving end of any of these powerful jaws and teeth. Every animal you mentioned here is a beautiful animal in it’s own right, doing exactly what it was intended to do. Thinking of those bites of all them makes a person respect them even more.

I’ve heard the jaguar has one of the most powerful bites – how does it compare?

I knew about the crocodiles bite but not the hyenas , thanks for the information Tayla.

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Hyenas are magnificent! Their eyes are so soulful looking! But don’t let that fool you! Love these creatures! Thanks for the info!

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Such a fascinating article and well written as some of these details would be difficult to articulate clearly. Thank you!

After seeing hyenas on our safari, I have a new fondness of them! They are truly amazing and get a bad rap! And how great is that first photo?! I think subconsciously we chose our newest puppy addition because he has dark eyes and snout like the hyena 🙂

Wow what an amazing blog Tayla ! Wasn’t aware of the hippos psi. Interesting that even though the croc beats them all, one can still hold their mouth shut with a human why is that ?

An interesting article, thanks.
Amazing, the power of those jaws, especially of hippos and crocodiles.

Thank you Christa.

A really interesting blog Tayla. However, I would not wish to personally test the power of a hyaena’s jaw. They really are amazing animals. Thanks for sharing with us. Happy New Year.

Hi Leonie, yes I agree with you, I would not like to test it out for myself. Happy New Year to you too.

Wow, a second interesting blog Tayla, but this one addresses the question of how do hyenas chew through those
bones so quickly. The tooth photo was a good visual aid. The lions’ psi was impressive but even more so, the hippo. Looking forward to your next blog!

Thank you Denise.

Hi Tayla, I remember from long ago hearing of the grip strength of a Crowned eagle so just checked it via the internet which indicates 530 psi – not bad for something with hollow bones and weighing between 10 & 20 kg. I have also heard (not verified) that when its crushing power is focused through the end of a sharp talon it translates to a massive 4000 psi, but don’t quote me on that statistic! Nice blog. Thanks

Hi Ian, Wow! That is some interesting information, thank you so much for sharing.

Hello Tayla, Very interesting to read you blog about different bites. The crocodile is really increadibly strong!
Here comes two questions;
Do you know how strong a baboon bite is?
And is the leopards bite stronger than a lion?
Thank you for sharing!

I, most definitely, do not want to experience the bite force of any of these wild animals!

Tayla, Thanks for the educational post about the Hyena! Having seen a group of them in action, we are not surprised to hear what quick work they can do with a stolen kill! It’s had to believe that the Crocodile has so much more power!

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