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Spotted Hyena - Predator Extraordinaire This image is of a large Spotted Hyena female, photographed in the complete wilds and freedom of Namibia, southwestern Africa. <br />
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Without a doubt, through my personal experience working in the conservation / national park arena, this is absolutely the master of all predators.  It will survive through conditions tough and unbearable, it will obtain food guaranteed, and it will outlast one and all other predators.  It is tough, hardy, determined and a very long walker.  It is fearless, canning and will make a plan, it is patient and strong.  It is a super animal.  <br />
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Spotted Hyena - Predator Extraordinaire

This image is of a large Spotted Hyena female, photographed in the complete wilds and freedom of Namibia, southwestern Africa.

Without a doubt, through my personal experience working in the conservation / national park arena, this is absolutely the master of all predators. It will survive through conditions tough and unbearable, it will obtain food guaranteed, and it will outlast one and all other predators. It is tough, hardy, determined and a very long walker. It is fearless, canning and will make a plan, it is patient and strong. It is a super animal.

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  1. They are indeed fabulous and without fear. I saw them in Tanzania messing with adult lions and cheetahs with hesitation:

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 1 Ngorongoro crater is a closed ecosystem with a vast flat landscape. The flatness creates a stressful dynamic between herbivores and carnivores. However, we were "lucky" to also see the dynamics between carnivores. Whilst Lions may be on top of the food chain, their kills are very easily detected in the Ngorongoro crater. As a result, these kings have to deal with thieves all the time. <br />
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This photo shows the start of the attempt. Three lions, one standing, are feeding on a fresh kill. The first jackals appear to test and distract the lions away from the prey. Occasionally the lion attacks, but they keep coming back. In the foreground are Hyenas laying down. They're waiting for more troops to arrive. More soon... Africa,Geotagged,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Battle of the Carnivores in the Ngorongoro crater - 2 This image is part 2 of a series in which the behavior of carnivores on the Ngorongoro crater floor is captured, in particular the stealing nature of Hyenas and Jackals, with the Lion as the victim.<br />
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On this photo, a Jackal (on the far right) has managed to steal a small part of the lion's kill. This brings a lot of excitement. The Hyenas are awakened and grouping. The lion's will is broken, everyone can smell the opportunity. Africa,Lion,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Panthera leo,Serengeti area,Tanzania
    Posted 5 years ago
    1. Ferdy, all the images in your comment above seem to be the same image. They all lead you back to the same page, photo 13,697, except for the first image. Is this intentional? Posted 5 years ago
    2. Thanks Ferdy. Great behavioral shots you got, which shows how determined they really are. And absolutely ... without fear and very determined. Posted 5 years ago
  2. It,s something that is hard to explain unless you have actually experienced them in their own raw environment. Terrific shot. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks. For sure ... the fear that these predators inspire within mankind is one thing. To see them (and experience their way of life) in the bush, is another. Both ways - they are to be respected and admired. Posted 5 years ago

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The spotted hyena , also known as the laughing hyena or tiger wolf, is a species of hyena native to Sub-Saharan Africa. The spotted hyena is the largest member of the Hyaenidae, and is further physically distinguished from other species by its vaguely bear-like build, its rounded ears, its less prominent mane, its spotted pelt, its more dual purposed dentition, its fewer nipples and the presence of a pseudo-penis in the female. It is the only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening.

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded Jan 23, 2015. Captured Jan 15, 2015 08:50 in D3308, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/5.6
  • 1/166s
  • ISO125
  • 247mm