Category: Spotted Hyena

Raising a Spotted Hyena Part 5

This is the fifth and final part on the story of Crocuta. Crocuta was now 3 years of age and have been in a clan of her own for almost a year. I still visited her whenever I had time, I would call her to the fence and she would come running to the fence…

Raising a spotted Hyena – Part 4

Introducing Crocuta to a male It was time for Crocuta to no longer be in human company, but be with her own kind. Of all the phases this was the most difficult one for me. How will I know if it will work or not? Wild animals, and actually most animals, cannot really be controlled.…

Raising a Spotted Hyena – Part 3

This is the story of Crocuta continued. At around 8/9 months old, Crocuta was still living in and around camp with us. At this point I did not allow her in our house anymore, but on the odd occasion she did come in, she was like a happy child. Jumping on couches and bookshelves and…

Raising a Spotted Hyena – Part 1

I don’t really know where to start with this story about an animal that is now closest to my heart. Spotted Hyenas are interesting animals. Their whoops and calls during the night are a big part of the African experience. I am quite scared of them. Especially in natural areas with no fences to keep them out. Although careful at first, they…