The Spotted Hyena at Addo National Elephant Park

Posted by Travel Trip Blogger on Sun April 26, 2015 in The Addo Animals .

For the first time in over 100 years, spotted hyena was reintroduced to the park last year. But the Addo story has only just begun. Plans to expand the 148,000 hectare Addo National Elephant Park into a 360,000 hectare "Greater Addo" park are moving forward at an exciting pace.

Spotted hyenas are quite vocal and make a wide variety of sounds, including the "laughing" that has long been associated with their name.

Spotted hyenas are famous scavengers and regularly dine on the leftovers of other predators. However, these hardy beasts are skilled hunters that will take down a wildebeest or antelope. They will kill and eat birds, lizards and insects

Spotted hyenas are the largest of three hyena species. Hyenas appear very similar to dogs, though more closely related to cats. They live throughout much of Africa and eastwards through Arabia to India. Spotted hyenas live together in large groups called clans that may include up 80 individuals and are led by females.

They have good hearing and sharp eyesight at night. Hyenas are fast and can run for long distances without tiring. Packs work together effectively to isolate a herd animal, sometimes one that is ill or infirm, and pursue it to the death. The victors often squabble over the spoils, either among themselves or with other powerful animals like lions.

Spotted hyenas are quite vocal and make a wide variety of sounds, including the "laughing" that has long been associated with their name.

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