Spotted Hyaena

Since a fresh leopard kill was found in the Cavern grounds a couple of years ago trip cameras have been set up at strategic spots. The idea is to found out more about “our” leopard. But an unexpected bonus is that all sorts of other nocturnal animals have been photographed too. The most recent has been a spotted hyaena. This species is normally associated with concentrations of big game in big reserves. It has never before, certainly in modern times, been seen in the Drakensberg. Perhaps this is the only individual here, straying far from the nearest known locality near Weenen. Maybe not; who really knows what lurks in the darkness out there…

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