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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Brown Hyena

Afrikaans name: Strandwolf

Brown Hyena

Brown Hyena

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Hyaena brunnea

Unlike the Spotted Hyena the Brown Hyena is not often seen. They are more associated with the more arid regions of the country than the savanna.

The Brown Hyena is only found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Most of their food is obtained by scavenging and they will aggressively challenge other predators over carcasses. They also feed on smaller mammals, eggs and insects.

Brown Hyenas live in small family groups which are typically headed by an adult male and female.

Brown Hyena

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References and further reading

Africa's Big Cats and Other Carnivores - Author: Nigel Dennis - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 82

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 104

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 148

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 150

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 268

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 148

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 86

Getaway - Vol 27 No 04 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 10

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 274

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 94

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 43

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 34

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 417

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 95

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 90

Wild Issue 39 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 42

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 208

List of South African Mammals

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