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Dan Hirschowitz


Dan developed his love for the African bush whilst growing up on a family run farm in the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. Growing up in the bushveld he was surrounded by wildlife and finds his passion in what nature has to offer. After completing ...

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Dan, thank you for your insights on hyenas. The dynamics of different species are amazing and intriguing .

Dan, your explanation makes perfect sense. It’s wonderful that the predators can maintain a balance in this ecosystem.

Hi Dan, I can imagine how difficult it must be for a female leopard with cubs to feed, among many predators that steal their food and kill the cubs. Male hyenas typically leave the clan to find another one to may be able to mate, have you got any case studies on this? Are there more females or males roaming around leopards in Londolozi?

Most phenomenal blog entry Dan! They are such misunderstood animals and vital to the bush.

Hi Dan, thanks for sharing the intricate story on the hyena’s. I always feel sorry for leopards that loose their kill to the opertunist hyena. They are always scavanging around to see where they can get a free meal. It makes sense that if they hunt alone, they can eat alone as well instead of having to share the kill.

The interactions between all the different predator species are really fascinating. Thanks for this interesting blog on hyenas, Dan. We were intrigued when we saw a leopard feed on an impala together with a hyena, though the hyena always wanted to steal the prey. However, in the end the winner was the Skorro lion, stealing it from both. Really spectacular!
One could really spend months and years just watching all these different animals. Totally fascinating!

Thanks Dan for debunking the myth hat hyenas only travel in packs.

Hyenas are bad-a$$! New found appreciation for them when we followed a lone hyena in Keyna to it’s den when a couple dozen popped their heads up to see us drive by…they are way more adorable than they get credit for!

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Dan. I found this information fascinating to describe the often logical rationale to secure or steal a meal!!!

Hello Dan, Thank you for your very good blogarticle about hyenas! It was very intresting. Beutiful picture!
One of my strongest and most beautiful memories from the bush is when we visit a hyenaden and everybody was at home! ❤️ The matriarc with her two young puppies…and the hole clan! I felt enormously welcome from the pack! It was a memory that I will never forget! We (me, my husband and our guide) spent a bit of a late afternoon with them. It was a fantastic experience! I love them, I think they are very intelligent and that they a misunderstood.
Thank you for sharing!

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