Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Our Image selection for #Myshot: Hyenas
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There are four species of Hyena:  spotted, brown, striped, and the aardwolf. All 
hyenas are usually nocturnal. The spotted hyena is the most well known.Spotted
 hyena live in Africa in savannas, grasslands, woodlands, forest edges, sub
 deserts and mountains. They live in territorial clans of related individuals, 
sometimes up to 80 members. Spotted hyenas are hunters and scavengers.

Interesting facts
Hyenas don’t just laugh for fun. Scientists say that the pitch and the note frequency 
(or tone) of a hyena’s laugh can give an indication of its age and social status.
Female spotted hyenas are more muscular and more aggressive than their male 
counterparts. This is because the females have three times as much testosterone
 in their bodies. As a result, spotted hyena societies are matriarchal. Even 
baby girl cubs rule over the boys.

Female spotted hyenas have a pseudo-penis that is basically an elongated 
clitoris. Some pseudo-penises can grow up to seven inches long, totally besting 
the average length of the human penis.Hyenas and lions often fight over the 
same territoriesand hunt the same prey. This leads to fierce competition 
between the Two animals. They steal each other’s food and kill off 
the young of their enemies.

 Ruth Nussbaum 
I love the carefree approach hyena's have, they never seem botheredby 
obstacles they may encounter in their day to day lives. Push on, live on 
and survive - definitely one of natures toughest creatures.

Hendrie Venter
Digital Nature & Wildlife Photography

We had a great sighting of a Spotted Hyena on a Impala kill early morning 
long before sunrise. Not a great pic but I kind of like the sense 
of movement. Shot handheld at 1/13 sec.

Petri Ackermann Photography
Beautiful early morning scenery in the Etosha National Park.

Hendrie Venter
Digital Nature & Wildlife Photography
One of the Savute scavengers; Botswana 2013

 Rian van Schalkwyk

This shot was taken at Chudop Etosha National Park, on a very hot
 summer afternoon.

Peter Pischler Wildlife Photography
This heavily pregnant Hyena was standing in the middle of the road 
in Kruger N.P. watching something (which I could not see) intently.

Kyle De Nobrega Photography

Five Hyena's came towards the waters edge with one carrying the foot of an 
elephant, she dipped it briefly into the water, looked at us and proceeded 
on westwards towards the den site.

Jasper van Zyl

"Unlikely Friends" Hyena Cub and Lion Cub Friends. Lion Park Johannesburg 
South Africa. The Hyena Cub is a orphan put into the lion cub enclosure
 and accepted as one of the "pride". Healthy and Playful. 

Johan Jooste Snr

I took this picture one afternoon at Chudob waterhole in Etosha. The hyenas
 are usually on the other side of the water, but this one decided to come 
past our vehicles and provided me with a fuller shot.

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