Photographer's Note

This was taken in Amboseli National Park during the dreadful drought of 2009. The Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) were surviving very well. This seemed to be partly because of the readily available animals dying of starvation. It is interesting that there is plenty of water in the swamps in Amboseli, even in drought, as there are underground springs originating from the snows and rains of Mt. Kilimanjaro. However, there is almost no nutritious grass or other vegetation for the herbivores. Hyena live in very large communities and are highly intelligent. Their bite is extremely powerful and greater than that of bears and leopards. They frequently catch wildebeast but have been known to catch young elephants and other large animals. They also steal kill, particularly from cheetahs. They eat every part of their kill and interestingly can even digest the bones. This Hyena is carrying off part of a giraffe that had got stuck in the swamp and later killed by the Hyena.

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  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 0 N: 4741] (23019)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2009-10-13
  • Categories: Natura
  • Esposizione: f/9.0, 1/640 secondi
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2011-01-18 7:54
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