Track It Thursday: The Hyena

These hyena tracks were found just in the Tanda Tula driveway, reminding us all how closely we live entwined with Africa’s wildest predators.

Hyena tracks can be confused with either big male leopard or lioness tracks, however the most outstanding difference is the presence of claw indentations. These large predators do not have retractable claws unlike the lions and leopards, hence there is always visibility of the large blunt claws within the tracks.

The front paws are a lot bigger than the back paws measuring roughly 96 cm versus 89 cm. One of the other tell-tale signs of a hyena track, is on the front paw which has a very distinct angled rear edge.

Hyena's can go several days without water and in a feeding frenzy, they can eat up to a third of their body weight. 

Female spotted hyena's are more dominant over their male counterparts and although often confused with being apart of the dog species - they are not. 

Spotted baby hyena cubs are born with their eyes open. In the while, hyenas live for up to 25 years.

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