The spotted hyena is arguably the most successful large carnivore in Africa, because it is both a proficient hunter and scavenger – displaying resourcefulness and stamina in its foraging pursuits. It is the only mammal that can digest bone, which it crushes in its powerful jaws, and thereby extracts calcium and protein unavailable to other
Hyenas are believed to be lazy, incompetent hunters and cunning thieves. While the latter is true, hyenas are in fact highly capable hunters; despite lacking the stealthier hunting techniques of their Feliformis* (cat-like) counterparts. Hyenas often forage alone, in fact more than they do as a group. This increases their chance of encountering food
A few mornings ago, we woke up to some commotion around the lodge. Hyenas and monkeys were calling, but we were not complaining. What better way is there to be woken up in the African bush? Upon inspection we discovered a pair of hyenas in the open area near the lodge. These scavengers seemed quite
Spotted hyena There are two different hyena species in South Africa – the Spotted and Brown Hyena. The Brown Hyena is seen more towards the western parts of the country. This species is identified by its long, brown and shaggy coat. The Spotted Hyena, which is often seen here at Arathusa, is easily identified by
Dwarf mongooses – Robin Hester Sunday This morning unfortunately turned out to be very frustrating where game viewing was concerned. We heard lions roaring in the south-east, and when we went to investigate, we realised that they were still some distance south of our boundary. We then found tracks for a leopard with cubs heading
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