Hyena

Hyenas, also known as spotted hyenas, are captivating carnivores that inhabit the vast savannas and grasslands of Africa

80kg

weight

10-12

year life span

4

species of hyena

Population

47,000

Vulnerability Factor

Near threatened

Activity period

Nocturnal

Diet

Carnivorous

Discover the Intriguing Characteristics of Hyenas

Renowned for their distinct appearance, vocalizations, and social structure, these fascinating creatures are often misunderstood. Hyenas are known for their powerful jaws, impressive hunting abilities, and unique laughter-like vocalizations. Join a thrilling photo safari to observe and photograph these enigmatic animals up close and unravel the mysteries surrounding their behaviour and ecological importance.

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Hyena overview

Overview

Hyenas possess a sturdy build with a sloping back, powerful shoulders, and a large head. Their coats are covered in distinctive spots, giving them a striking appearance. These charismatic features make Hyenas intriguing subjects for wildlife photography on a photo safari. Capturing their interactions, intense gazes, and expressive faces can result in captivating images that convey the essence of these extraordinary creatures.

Photographing Hyenas offers exciting opportunities to capture their unique behaviours. Their social structure revolves around a matriarchal hierarchy, where dominant females lead clans consisting of related individuals. Witnessing their complex social dynamics, including cooperative hunting, play, and communication, provides photographers with compelling storytelling opportunities.

Hyena overview

Key facts

  • Hyenas belong to the family Hyaenidae and are closely related to cats and mongooses.
  • Hyenas are the largest of the hyena species, with adult males weighing up to 190 pounds (86 kilograms) and females up to 165 pounds (75 kilograms).
  • Hyenas possess a unique digestive system that allows them to consume and digest bones, making them efficient scavengers.
  • Hyena vocalizations include the distinctive “laughing” sound, often heard during group interactions or when communicating with other clan members.
  • Hyenas are highly intelligent and exhibit problem-solving skills, enabling them to navigate complex social dynamics and cooperative hunting strategies.
  • Hyenas have excellent night vision, allowing them to hunt and scavenge in low-light conditions.
  • Hyenas have a strong bite force, capable of crushing bones with their specialized teeth and jaws.
  • Hyenas’ social structure is matriarchal, with dominant females leading clans and exerting hierarchical control.
  • Hyenas are opportunistic hunters, preying on a variety of animals, including antelopes, zebras, wildebeests, and even young elephants.
  • Despite their reputation as scavengers, hyenas obtain the majority of their food through hunting rather than relying solely on carrion.

Types and Habitats

Hyenas are primarily represented by the spotted hyena species, also known as Crocuta crocuta. They inhabit a wide range of habitats, including savannas, grasslands, woodlands, and even mountainous regions. These adaptable carnivores can be found in countries across sub-Saharan Africa, making them a sought-after species for photo safaris in various locations.

In terms of habitat preference, Hyenas thrive in areas with an abundance of prey, reliable water sources, and suitable den sites. They exhibit a remarkable ability to adapt to different environments, making them a successful predator across diverse landscapes. Hyenas are not limited to a specific type of habitat, allowing photographers to encounter them in a variety of stunning natural settings. From the iconic open plains of the Serengeti to the dense woodlands of Kruger National Park, photo safaris offer opportunities to capture Hyenas in their natural habitats.

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FAQ

Explore the Fascinating World of This Animal Through These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There are four species of hyenas: the spotted hyena, brown hyena, striped hyena, and aardwolf.

Hyenas are generally not a threat to humans unless provoked or cornered. They usually avoid human interactions.

In the wild, Hyenas typically live for around 10 to 12 years, while those in captivity can live up to 25 years.

Lions are the primary natural predators of Hyenas. They often compete for food and territory.

No, hyenas are not natural climbers. They are well-adapted to a terrestrial lifestyle.