Hyenas in The Kruger

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Today’s photos are from a trip to Kruger National Park last September, where we encountered a pack of hyena with cubs on the H1-1 near Pretoriuskop.

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Hyena cub along the H1-1 in Kruger

As we arrived, one brave little one was glaring down car tires.

Kruger National Park travel South Africa expat life Pretoria

What is a young hyena called? A “cub”. Hyenas are not feline or canine but apparently more closely related to cats than dogs. Hyena cub checking out car tires on the H1-1 Kruger

Kruger National Park travel South Africa expat life Pretoria

Hyena cub H1-1 Kruger

It quickly joined its sibling in the brush, however, and we drove away because one of the adults was getting agitated at the cars so near to the cubs. I’m guessing this was the female, because the other two lying there must be male, since their body language would seem to say: “What? He’s just playing. Leave him be and come take a nap already.”

Kruger National Park travel South Africa expat life Pretoria

Kruger National Park travel South Africa expat life Pretoria

Adult hyena between car and cub

Our park map and guide book indicated there were approximately 2,000 hyena in Kruger.

Kruger National Park travel South Africa expat life Pretoria

Although the cub was chased to a “safe distance” by the adult, it was still very curious about the onlookers.

Glad we got to see them. Hyenas are not the most appreciated species of wildlife in South Africa, but they are actually one of my favorites.

Love, Marla

5 Comments on “Hyenas in The Kruger

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  3. Beautiful photos and a great storyline Marla!

    Every encounter we have with hyenas are a treat we thoroughly appreciate. They always seem to know exactly where they’re going and what they want to do when they get there!

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