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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on Virtual Safari: Ultimate Game Drive Highlights #148

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Beautiful video, Sean. The little hyenas are really cute.
Nice to know that there are so often hyena cubs at Londolozi.

Debra Matott
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you, thank you, Sean! I love hyenas! They are very cute, funny, and intelligent! They all have their own personallity! I could watch the babies antics all day.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Wonderful video with the hyenas at their den. Thanks Sean.

Gloria Ruggieri

Thank you Sean for offering a more rounded image of this amazing animal.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hyenas are such interesting animals, if we consider each peculiarity from a taxonomic side to a behavioural one. What’s wrong about them has nothing to do with their nature, from the overnumber to other predators (Hyenas are not attractive when hanging on a wall) to the sadistic instinct of some individuals who offer videos of elephants, lions and antelopes eaten alive by them. I also preferred them when, as a child, I thought they only ate carcasses, but nature is the way it is!

Tony McCutcheon

Hyenas are great, I like them. Up their with the pig as one of the most underrated mammals.

Gawie Jordaan
Master Tracker

Absolutely love the spotted! Many is slowly but sure changing their opinion about them. The same applies to wild dogs too.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

They are so cute and full of energy. They certainly do have a bad reputation, but
seeing these cubs do make you think about it.

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

100%! When we saw hyenas on safari I fell in love with them! Add they are opportunistic and matriarchal makes them that much more special to me! And they are pretty cute even with the ‘laughing’!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It’s always good to see hyena pups to remind us of their early beginnings – cute little puppies that sometimes look like a cross between a dog and a brown bear at a couple months of age. For me it’s their faces, that are so sweet, right after they exit the den to begin their lives’ journey. Thank you for sharing your several minutes of peace in the lives of hyenas….

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, We agree that they are pretty cute when they are young, but oh boy, when they grow up they are wild hunters!

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

Hyenas are the best 🙂 Loved this video Sean! Which clan does this den/these cubs belong to? How many dens do they normally use?
I know I ask a lot of questions lol, I’m just interested in understand more about the hyenas in the Sabi Sand and their ecology in comparison to the heavily-studied East African ones (a citizen project if you will haha).

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Exactly my experience after visting a hyena den for the first time. Enjoyed the antics of the cubs as well as the calm demeanor of the mothers–exactly the opposite of earlier impressions. Cubs actually approached the vehicle and began licking the tires.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very cute! You do a great service to the much maligned hyena by showing them in this light Sean!!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Hyena dens are a favourite of mine – I could spend hours watching with fascination!

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