Malawi hyena populations occur at reasonable densities, though a growth in human population, habitat destruction and reduction in prey have caused the species to disappear from the central highlands. Spotted hyenas usually hunt wildebeest either singly, or in groups of two or three. The Spotted Hyena can be hunted on license throughout Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe right up north to the Guinea and Sudan savannah area.  In west African tales, spotted hyenas symbolise immorality, dirty habits, the reversal of normal activities, and other negative traits, and are sometimes depicted as bad Muslims who challenge the local animism that exists among the Beng in Côte d’Ivoire.  The causes of the species' extinction in Eurasia are still largely unknown. Included are Comfortable en-suite lodge accommodation, five star meals and drinks (water/soft drinks/ South African branded beer and wine, guide service and trophy skinning preparations up to time of dip&pack. Often done while running, with the mouth bent down, Used with other hyenas present just before the onset of an attack, often during a dispute over a kill with lions or other hyenas. , The ancestors of the genus Crocuta diverged from Hyaena (the genus of striped and brown hyenas) 10 million years ago. The spotted hyena is very efficient at eating its prey; not only is it able to splinter and eat the largest ungulate bones, it is also able to digest them completely. The clan is a fission-fusion society, in which clan-members do not often remain together, but may forage alone or in small groups.  Studies on the phylogeographic distribution of mtDNA haplotypes indicates three migration events from Africa to Eurasia, though neither the topology of the phylogenetic tree or the fossil record exclude the possibility of an Asian origin.  The IUCN's hyena specialist group identifies the spotted hyena's negative reputation as detrimental to the species' continued survival, both in captivity and the wild. Hyenas will however ignore clan boundaries in times of food shortage. A broad, medial band is present on the back of the neck, and is lengthened into a forward facing crest. , The spotted hyena has been hunted for its body parts for use in traditional medicine, for amusement, and for sport, though this is rare, as the species is generally not considered attractive. The mouth is slightly open with the head horizontal.  In Western Europe at least, the spotted hyena's extinction coincided with a decline in grasslands 12,500 years ago. The paw-pads are broad and very flat, with the whole undersurface of the foot around them being naked. The third spotted hyena migration took place 0.36 million years ago, starting from the northern African population and reaching both Europe and Asia.  Both sexes have a pair of anal glands which open into the rectum just inside the anal opening.  This stance was contested by Ficarelli and Torre, who referred to evidence of the spotted hyena's presence from African deposists dating from the early Pleistocene, a similar age to the Asian C. Some ethnic groups in Ethiopia associate themselves with hyenas; the Gurage traditionally believe that their ancestors migrated from Arabia to Ethiopia using hyenas as mounts. In Malawi and Tanzania, the genitalia, nose tips and tails are used for traditional medicine. Spotted hyenas exhibit adult behaviours very early in life; cubs have been observed to ritually sniff each other and mark their living space before the age of one month. Crocuta was finally recognised as a separate genus from Hyaena in 1828.  The species is, however, experiencing declines outside of protected areas due to habitat loss and poaching.  One of the earliest studies to demonstrate their hunting abilities was done by Hans Kruuk, an African wildlife ecologist, and he showed through a 7-year study of hyena populations in Africa that spotted hyenas hunt as much as lions, and with later studies this has been shown to be the average in all areas of Africa.  European Paleolithic rock art depicting the species indicates that the Eurasian populations retained the spots of their modern-day African counterparts. There is also a strict hierarchy among females and among males in a clan.  Unlike the fur of the striped and brown hyena, that of the spotted hyena consists of spots rather than stripes and is much shorter, lacking the well defined spinal mane of the former two species. Because of their size, adult hyenas are incapable of using the full extent of their burrows, as most tunnels are dug by cubs or smaller animals.  Also, spotted hyenas have been recorded to utilise deceptive behaviour, including giving alarm calls during feeding when no enemies are present, thus frightening off other hyenas and allowing them to temporarily eat in peace. , A single spotted hyena can eat at least 14.5 kg of meat per meal, and although they act aggressively toward each other when feeding, they compete with each other mostly through speed of eating, rather than by fighting as lions do. Lions will even wait for the hyenas to do the killing, after which they will move in and take the free meal by fear and force from the hyenas. Older females show a similar preference, with the addition of preferring males with whom they have had long and friendly prior relationships. In 2013, a baby boy was killed by hyenas after being snatched from his mother as she camped near the Hilton Hotel. The spotted hyena is the most carnivorous member of the Hyaenidae. Hyenas work together in a pack to capture zebras, warthogs, gazelles, and other animals. It also carries protozoan parasites of the genus Hepatozoon in the Serengeti, Kenya and South Africa. Wildebeest are the most commonly taken medium-sized ungulate prey item in both Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, with zebra and Thomson's gazelles coming close behind. Cheetahs are usually easily intimidated by hyenas, and put up little resistance, while leopards, particularly males, may stand up to hyenas. Surplus killing has been recorded in South Africa's eastern Cape Province. 80% of spotted hyena hunts occur merely by chance when the animals are spotted in the field. The body and the long neck have spots, including the flanks. Of course, these animals can also be targeted by baiting and ambush methods. Exposure to rabies does not cause clinical symptoms or affect individual survival or longevity. During daylight hours, they watch vultures descending upon carcasses. The spotted Hyena is also referred to as the laughing hyena due to the human liken laughing sound that they make. Explicit, negative judgments occur in the Physiologus, where the animal is depicted as a hermaphrodite and grave-robber. They are occasionally killed in communal and commercial farming areas. Sir Thomas Browne also argued against the hyena's supposed hermaphroditism, stating that all animals follow their own "Law of Coition", and that a hermaphrodite would transgress this. Sometimes, brown hyenas will stand their ground and raise their manes while emitting growls. Hyenas do not take to eating wolf flesh readily; four hyenas were reported to take half an hour in eating a golden wolf. Unlike other African carnivores, with the exception of the leopard, there is no evidence to suggest that spotted hyenas underwent a genetic bottleneck during the Pleistocene.  A similar myth occurs in Mansôa, Guinea-Bissau. In Dorze tradition, the highest Demuṣa-priests have the ability to control hyenas, and will send them to punish defaulting debtors. References to the spotted hyena's vocalisations are referenced in numerous contemporary examples of English literature, including Shakespeare's As You Like It and George Chapman's Eastward Ho. Evidence of canine distemper in spotted hyenas has also been recorded in the Masai Mara. , Spotted hyenas have also been found to catch fish, tortoises, humans, black rhino, hippo calves, young African elephants, pangolins and pythons. During an attack, or when excited, the tail is carried forward on the back. Hiob Ludolf, in his Historia aethiopica, was the first to clearly distinguish the Crocuta from Hyaena on account of physical, as well as geographical grounds, though he never had any first hand experience of the species, having gotten his accounts from an Ethiopian intermediary. Similar interactions have been recorded between spotted and striped hyenas in the Serengeti. Transvaal's spotted hyenas are not protected, though they are not bountied.  Spotted hyena clans are more compact and unified than wolf packs, but are not as closely knit as those of African wild dogs.  Spotted hyenas may act as hosts in the life-cycles of various parasites which start life in herbivores; Taenia hyaenae and T. olnogojinae occur in hyenas in their adult phase. There have been reports where a clan of spotted hyena have taken down large plains game species from impala right up to zebra.  The spotted hyena displays greater plasticity in its hunting and foraging behaviour than other African carnivores; it hunts alone, in small parties of 2–5 individuals or in large groups. The hyena will scavenge and hunt when given the opportunity. Female spotted hyenas are a bit larger than the males, but otherwise they look exactly the same.  There is also a case of two spotted hyenas killing and eating a young leopard in Timbavati Game Reserve, apparently in revenge after a young hyena was killed by the leopard. Alfred Brehm wrote that the spotted hyena is harder to tame than the striped hyena, and that performing specimens in circuses were not up to standard. When operating in groups, spotted hyenas are more successful in pirating dog kills, though the dog's greater tendency to assist each other puts them at an advantage against spotted hyenas, who rarely work in unison. For its size, the spotted hyena has one of the most powerfully built skulls among the Carnivora. In East Africa, Tabwa mythology portrays the spotted hyena as a solar animal that first brought the sun to warm the cold earth. These glands produce a white, creamy secretion which is pasted onto grass stalks by everting the rectum.  If not raised with adult members of their kind, captive spotted hyenas will exhibit scent marking behaviours much later in life than wild specimens. Spotted hyenas, under these circumstances, would have been outcompeted by wolves and humans which were as much at home in forests as in open lands, and in highlands as in lowlands. During a hunt, spotted hyenas often run through ungulate herds in order to select an individual to attack. They are thought to be declining due to persecution through poisoning, shooting, snaring and trapping. It is present in all habitats save for the most extreme desert conditions, tropical rainforests and the top of alpine mountains. The latter is primarily used by low status females in order to maintain continual access to their cubs, as well as ensure that they become acquainted with their cubs before transferral to the communal den. Taxonomy. While some clans may use particular den sites for years, others may use several different dens within a year or several den sites simultaneously. Though still poisoned and trapped in retaliation against livestock depredations, the species is otherwise tolerated. , During the 19th century, the species was frequently displayed in travelling circuses as oddities. A spotted hyena trophy fee can range from $1250 to $2950. When approaching wild dogs at a kill, solitary hyenas will approach cautiously and attempt to take off with a piece of meat unnoticed, though they may be mobbed by the dogs in the attempt. Spotted hyenas rarely dig their own dens, having been observed for the most part to use the abandoned burrows of warthogs, springhares and jackals. Females dominate males, with even the lowest ranking females being dominant over the highes…  The species may have originated in Asia, and once ranged throughout Europe for at least one million years until the end of the Late Pleistocene. From a husbandry point of view, hyenas are easily kept, as they have few disease problems and it is not uncommon for captive hyenas to reach 15–20 years of age. The higher androgen levels – the result of high concentrations of ovarian androstenedione – are thought to be responsible for the extreme masculinization of female behavior and morphology. The female also possesses no external vagina (vaginal opening), as the labia are fused to form a pseudo-scrotum.  The formation of the pseudo-penis appears largely androgen independent, as the pseudo-penis appears in the female fetus before differentiation of the fetal ovary and adrenal gland. , Though they readily take to water to catch and store prey, spotted hyenas will avoid crocodile-infested waters, and usually keep a safe distance from Nile crocodiles. Spotted hyenas will sometimes follow jackals and wolves during the gazelle fawning season, as jackals and wolves are effective at tracking and catching young animals. They are vulnerable to Trypanosoma congolense, which is contracted by consuming already infected herbivores, rather than through direct infection from tsetse flies. , In Africa, the spotted hyena is usually portrayed as an abnormal and ambivalent animal, considered to be sly, brutish, necrophagous and dangerous. However, attacks on humans by spotted hyenas are likely to be underreported. They prey on antelopes, wildebeest, hippos, lizards, fish, foxes, and insects. They can be found in woodlands, savannah areas, miombo forests, and mountainous areas but tend to stay away from coastal and dense thickets. The pseudo-penis is traversed to its tip by a central urogenital canal, through which the female urinates, copulates and gives birth. Although present in Rwanda, it is unlikely that many individuals have survived the destruction of conservation areas during the. Cubs begin to lose the black coat and develop the spotted, lighter coloured pelage of the adults at 2–3 months. If you are intending to hunt both hyenas on one safari it will likely be necessary to move hunt areas. In On the Generation of Animals, Aristotle criticised the erroneous belief that the spotted hyena is a hermaphrodite (which likely originated from the confusion caused by the masculinised genitalia of the female), though his physical descriptions are more consistent with the striped hyena. ... Hyenas hunt cooperatively in packs. , Spotted hyenas are social animals that live in large communities (referred to as "clans") which can consist of at most 80 individuals. There are various folk stories explaining that the spotted hyena is actually a hermaphrodite, this is not true. While spotted hyenas do sometimes try to steal meat from other predators, lions have been known to do the same and sometimes even more so than the spotted hyena. , The fossil record indicates that the now extinct European spotted hyenas primarily fed on Przewalski's horses, Irish elk, reindeer, red deer, roe deer, fallow deer, wild boar, ibex, steppe wisent, aurochs, and woolly rhinoceros. The spotted hyena trophy fee ranges from US$1250 to US$2950. , The spotted hyena has a strong and well developed neck and forequarters, but relatively underdeveloped hindquarters.  During parturition, the clitoris ruptures in order to facilitate the passage of the young, and may take weeks to heal. E.g.  The ancestors of the spotted hyena probably developed social behaviours in response to increased pressure from other predators on carcasses, which forced them to operate in teams. , Spotted hyenas have a complex set of postures in communication. Erection is usually a sign of submission, rather than dominance, and is more common in males than in females.. Cubs take the rank directly below their mothers at birth. Creel, Scott; Creel, Nancy Marusha (2002). A clan of spotted hyena prefers to hunt medium to large-sized herbivores such as wildebeest, zebra and kudu. Springbok and kudu are the main prey in Namibia's Etosha National Park, and springbok in the Namib. In Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal, the animals' whole body is harvested for bushmeat and medicine. He further states that "The sons of Israel are like this animal since in the beginning they served the living God but later, given over to pleasure and lust, they adored idols." The odour of this secretion is very strong, smelling of boiling cheap soap or burning, and can be detected by humans several metres downwind.  Lactating females can carry 3–4 kg (6.6–8.8 lb) of milk in their udders. If there is more than one animal spotted when hunting the spotted hyena, choose the one with the biggest head. on the Cape Peninsula and Cape Flats, and near present-day Somerset West, Riviersonderend, Mossel Bay, George, Joubertina, Gamtoos River, Jansenville, Cannon Rocks, Alice, Onseepkans and Augrabies Falls. , From Classical antiquity until the Renaissance, the spotted and striped hyena were either assumed to be the same species, or distinguished purely on geographical, rather than physical grounds. Although still relatively common in some protected areas, spotted hyenas are likely declining due to persecution. They will typically inspect areas where wild dogs have rested and eat any food remains they find. The reproductive organs are still that of a biological female and not both male and female. The Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is estimated to have up to a thousand resident hyenas which survive by scavenging rubbish tips and preying on feral dogs and cats. Begg, Colleen; Begg, Keith; Muemedi, Oscar (2007).  However spotted hyenas remain being mislabeled as scavengers, often even by ecologists and wildlife documentary channels.  The dentition is more dual purposed than that of other modern hyena species, which are mostly scavengers; the upper and lower third premolars are conical bone-crushers, with a third bone-holding cone jutting from the lower fourth premolar. Gogo folklore links the spotted hyena to the origin of death; in one tale, the hyena prevents humanity from achieving immortality, thus ensuring it can continue to eat corpses. The bigger the group, the larger the animal they hunt—it takes 10 to 25 hyenas to catch a zebra! They begin to exhibit hunting behaviours at the age of eight months, and will begin fully participating in group hunts after their first year. In west Africa, the spotted hyena is primarily a scavenger who will occasionally attack domestic stock and medium-size antelopes in some areas. It further embodies physical power, excessivity, ugliness, stupidity, as well as sacredness. The fur is relatively sparse and consists of two hair types; moderately fine underfur (measuring 15–20 mm (0.59–0.79 in)) and long, stout bristle hairs (30–40 mm (1.2–1.6 in)).  Once the female retracts her clitoris, the male enters the female by sliding beneath her, an operation facilitated by the penis's upward angle.  Cubs will nurse from their mother for 12–16 months, though they can process solid food as early as three months. Hunting the spotted Hyena is usually done while out in the field pursuing a different game specie. However, they continued to focus on the species' scavenging habits, their potential to rob graves and their perceived cowardice. The spots vary in size, even on single individuals, but are commonly 20 mm (0.79 in) in diameter. Spotted hyenas are not scavengers, but hunt down at least 50% of their own food. Chases are usually initiated by one hyena and, with the exception of cows with calves, there is little active defence from the wildebeest herd. , The Kaguru of Tanzania and the Kujamaat of Southern Senegal view hyenas as inedible and greedy hermaphrodites. But these hardy beasts are also skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope. Nigerian spotted hyenas are on the verge of extinction, due to lack of legal protection outside of national parks and reserves, declines in prey populations and persecution in retaliation to livestock predation. It is often difficult to know whether or not spotted hyenas are the specific hyena species featured in such stories, particularly in West Africa, as both spotted and striped hyenas are often given the same names.  An anecdotal 2004 news report from the World Wide Fund for Nature indicates that 35 people were killed by spotted hyenas during a 12-month period in Mozambique along a 20 km stretch of road near the Tanzanian border. Unlike stallions, mares typically only react aggressively to hyenas when their foals are threatened. , Several authors during the Scramble for Africa attested that, despite its physical strength, the spotted hyena poses no danger to hunters when captured or cornered. , The skull of the spotted hyena differs from that of the striped hyena by its much greater size and narrower sagittal crest. Females dominate hunts and females and their cubs eat before th… Its head is in profile, with a possibly re-engraved muzzle. In Ethiopian folklore, an albino hyena called the "King of Hyenas" is ascribed great power. The microfilaria of Dipetalonema dracuneuloides have been recorded in spotted hyenas in northern Kenya. Bosman, a Dutch tradesman who worked for the Dutch West India Company at the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana) from 1688 to 1701, wrote of "Jakhals, of Boshond" (jackals or woodland dogs) whose physical descriptions match the spotted hyena. Price from $4,900 for 7 days, 1 hunter 7 Nighs Spotted Hyena Hunt South Africa The outfitter has a deep love and passion for hunting Night Critters.  The general form of a spotted hyena den is tunnel-shaped, with a spacious end chamber used for sleeping or breeding. ( dominant female) The brown hyena is a solitary animal and will only pair up during the breeding season.  Spotted hyenas reach sexual maturity at the age of three years. As a result, many captive hyena populations are facing extinction. The rump is rounded rather than angular, which prevents attackers coming from behind from getting a firm grip on it.  In the Mtwara Region of Tanzania, it is believed that a child born at night while a hyena is crying will likely grow up to be a thief. Burkina Faso's hyenas are depleted in number because of hunting, poaching and declining prey populations.  The base colour generally is a pale greyish-brown or yellowish-grey on which an irregular pattern of roundish spots is superimposed on the back and hind quarters. This was proven to be incorrect, as the correct spelling of the loanword would have been Crocāta, and the word was never used in that sense by Graeco-Roman sources. Also, it was not a serious rival like the cave lion or cave bear, and it lacked the impressiveness of the mammoth or woolly rhino. This combined with their incredible large jaw muscles these animals have a biting force like no other. A similar tale is present among the Meru. One study of the hyena immune system showed that captive hyenas had lower levels for immune defenses than hyenas from the wild population that was used to establish the captive population. Jane Goodall recorded spotted hyenas attacking or savagely playing with the exterior and interior fittings of cars, and the species is thought to be responsible for eating car tyres.  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