We are very fortunate to have an Hyena den within our traversing area and whats even better is that it is incredibly close!
I have seen peoples perception of hyenas change almost instantly the second we arrive at the den. Most tourists from all over the world have a very negative idea of hyenas due to bad publicity from TV and of course movies such as The Lion King - You'd be surprised by how much influence that movie has on the way people view Africa. Needless to say, these highly misunderstood creatures are some of my favourites to observe. The adults themselves are true characters of the African bush from their amazing wealth of sounds to the way their tails and hair stands on end when excited but the cubs, oh man but the cubs! It is always so much fun to drive into their den area, which luckily for us is right next to the road, we are so often greeted by a number of little hyena faces and number of little hyena behinds as they quickly run away from us only to stop quickly and regain their confidence. Their curiosity spikes once the vehicle has been stopped for a few minutes and so often the cubs walk right up to the side of the vehicle and give everyone a good stare down. Once they have had a look they tend to look for something to chew, with a few wheel caps having been lost so far. Myself and many of my guests have often found ourselves lost in time at the sight of the youngsters playing around, moaning at mom to suckle them and of course running at top speed as they get spooked by their own shadows. Hyenas are an amazing species with intricate social behaviors and think it is about time that the world gave them another chance.