Caption: Boddington and PH Tino Erasmus with a brown hyena
, a beautifully furred predator found in southern Africa.
Head inland, and you'll see desert elephant, brown hyena
, and even lion roaming riverbed shores.
Family Hyaenidae has four species belonging to three genera; spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta Erxleben, 1777, brown hyena
Hyaena brunnea Thunberg, 1820, striped hyena Hyaena hyaena Linnaeus, 1758 and aardwolf Proteles cristatus Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1824.
A wide variety of rare and common species exist like the nocturnal brown hyena
, cheetah, sable, giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile.
Sigurwana's diverse wildlife resources include kudu, sable, nyala, waterbuck, reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck, impala, wildebeest, zebra, eland, caracal, bushbabies and the elusive leopard, while night drives may surprise guests with sightings of shy nocturnal game such as antbear, porcupine, honeybadger, pangolin and brown hyena
. Walks to ancient Bushman paintings are another highlight on Sigurwana.
According to Dr Ingrid Wiesel, founder of the Brown Hyena
Research Project, the number of the endangered species seems to be stable at the moment.
The striped hyena is the second largest hyena species after the spotted hyena and is smaller in stature than the brown hyena
Of them, the striped hyena and the brown hyena
are most at risk.
There are different types of hyenas such as brown hyena
, striped hyena, spotted hyena or the laughing hyena.
Carol said an emergency call from a cattle rancher, who was losing a large number of calves to a rouge brown hyena
, resulted in "the experience of a lifetime for Ray and some hair-raising moments for Will".
Problem is, there's more than one hyena in the world, and I've tried four times now to get a brown hyena
. Dirk de Bod and I had one corning to bait two years ago; we could hear the birds and baboons.
It is just under 50,000 km and home to black rhino, gemsbok, HartmannOs zebra, giraffe, springbok, brown hyena
, and leopard.