Kalahari spotted hyaenas close in for the kill on an adult gemsbok. The closer hyaena wears a radio collar. Photo by Gus Mills.
Kalahari spotted hyaenas feed from a kill they have just made. Note the blood on the face of the closer animal. Photo by Gus Mills.
Spotted hyaenas leave the site of a kill with the remains of a wildebeest, which this hyaena will consume later in a quiet shadey place. Photo by Thom Hogan/bythom.com.
Excited spotted hyenas, two of which are feeding, in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Their excitement is indicated by their bristled tails. Photo by Thom Hogan/bythom.com.
A mother wirth her cub. Photo by Ellen Creager, Detroit Free Press.
Amboseli hyaenas feed on a carcass. Photo by Kay Behrensmeyer.
Spotted hyaenas in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen in the background. Photo by K.E. Holekamp.
An adult female spotted hyaena rests near her 2-month old cub. Photo by K. E. Holekamp.
A calcrete communal den used by hyaenas in the Airstrip Clan, Amboseli National Park. Photo by K. E. Holekamp.
A spotted hyaena cools off in a mud puddle.
Spotted hyena cubs lounge in the entrance to the clan’s communal den. Phot by Laura Smale.
Two-spotted hyaenas fight. The posture of the hyaena on the right (ears cocked forward, tail up) indicates it is winning the fight. The hyaena on the left is emitting a behavior called a defensive parry, with which it uses its mouth like a catcher’s mitt to fend off damaging bite attempts by its opponent.
Four spotted hyaenas enage in a behavior called ‘social sniffing.’
A cub (left) and a subadult spotted hyaena (right) play tug-o-war with a stick. Photo by Heather E. Watts.
A spotted hyaena eats from an elephant carcass. Photo by Sofia A. Wahaj.

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