Hyena in Kgalagadi, Botswana

A hyena walking in the Mata Mata area of the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa. By Mario Moreno on

I think Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way.   They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).

I think spotted Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way. They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).

Aardwolf - the smallest of the hyena family, they can puff their tails and a…

Tale of the Tides - Deeble and Stone Natural History Films - Between the Lamu archipelago and Somalia is the wildest shore in East Africa - where baboons and hyaenas come to hunt crabs on the beach -named aardwolf elsewhere, or a hyena?

African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. WANT

Hyène African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa | A yawning hyena.  Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana | ©YoungRobv, via flickr

Botswana Okavango Delta by youngrobv. No laughing hyena, it's actually a yawning hyena, but effective for another dramatic shot from the Moremi Game Reserve all the same.

Hyena cub - Lower Sabie KNP - Laura Dyer

Hyena cub - Lower Sabie Has big ears and the fur gets darker around the nose.

In spotted-hyena families, ladies rule the roost. Females are bigger and stronger, winning the spots in the pack hierarchy and intimidating the males. The guys are so afraid of the females that fathers will take commands from their little girls. If  a dad behaves nicely, his daughters will treat them kindly when they become adults. Credit: Thinkstock

In spotted-hyena families, ladies rule. Females are stronger. Hyenas will always have my admiration and respect.

Spotted Hyena. These guys have an unfair bad rep due to the lion king movie. When in fact they hunt more than lions and usually are bullied more by lions.

These guys have an unfair bad rep due to the lion king movie. When in fact they hunt more than lions and usually are bullied more by lions. Hyenas are more closely related to cats.

Spotted Hyena at Dawn

On an early morning game drive, we saw this young spotted hyena in the far distance. He seemed curious, and started walking towards us. He was even polite enough to cross the road and relax in the better light.

The Striped Hyena. This small hyena species roams the lands of North and East Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Though a nocturnal scavenger by trade, the Striped Hyena has been known to hunt small prey. Today, fewer than 10,000 Striped Hyenas exist, placing  them in the ‘threatened’ category.

Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena): though dog-like in appearance & some behavior, hyena are not canids. They are in the feliforma family & are related to civets & cats. The striped hyena is probably the most attractive of the 4 species of hyena

This picture relates to Pi because the hyenas were being tamed by the man like Pi tamed Richard Parker.

Huge Hyena Hugs- Kevin is one of them (he also works with lions) .who doesn't want to hug this guy?

Hyena Pup - Don't let anyone tell you that hyenas cannot be cute. The correct vernacular is 'cub', but I'm happy with 'pup'.

Hyena Pup - Don't let anyone tell you that hyenas cannot be cute. The correct vernacular is 'cub', but I'm happy with 'pup'.

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