Spotted Hyena - Crocuta crocuta
Spotted hyena is the larges most common hyena. At night, spotted hyenas wage a relentless and feaful boundary war with other hyenas clans and also with resident lion prides.
The hyena has a huge skull with extremely powerful jaws and forequarters. They have large ears and a sloping back. Its strong jaw holds outer incisors that work as extra canines. It has an anal scent gland and is believed to have glands between the toes to mark its territory. Genitalia is identically masculine in both sexes until puberty.
They have been much underrated as predators. While they will scavenge if food is availiable they are proficent hunters in their own right.
Hyena play a valubale role in controlling the spread of disease by cleaning up dead animals before the meat can rot.
The unwary visitor to Savuti who leaves food in an accessible place for hyenas is sure to be relieved of it overnight. Foor in this instance includes toiletries, kitchenware, clothing and even binoculars! Due to the high bone content of their diet their scat turns a chalky white when dry which makes the social latrines that are used to demarcate boundaries, highly visible.
Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge
Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa
Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls
Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird
Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra