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A hyena in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

Well they do call them laughing hyenas! Big cat gets the giggles on South Africa safari

This grinning hyena looks more than pleased to kick off Photographer Bridgena Barnard captured the sight in South Africa’s Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

gestreepte hyena Beekse bergen IMG_0091 by j.a.kok, via Flickr

gestreepte hyena Beekse bergen IMG_0091 by j.a.kok, via Flickr

In grasslands remade by humans, animals may protect biodiversity: Grazers let in the light, rescue imperiled plants

In grasslands remade by humans, animals may protect biodiversity: Grazers let in the light, rescue imperiled plants

(Hyena Hyena  ), gestreepte hyena Beekse bergen IMG_0104 by j.a.kok, via Flickr

(Hyena Hyena ), gestreepte hyena Beekse bergen IMG_0104 by j.a.kok, via Flickr

Spotted Hyena

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Who said hyenas are ugly?! How adorable is this pup!

Who said hyenas are ugly? How adorable is this pup!

Brown hyena.  Although the hyenas look a lot like dogs (wolves and foxes especially) they are closer relations to the cat family. The have long necks, powerful heads, jaws and front legs. They feed mostly on carrion but also hunt in packs like dogs to bring down animals as big as zebra. They also use the advantage of groups to chase away predators like the cheetah and eat what they have captured. The brown hyena will eat things that wash up along the coast in Africa.

Hyenas - Scavenger Mammals of Africa and Asia

Hyenas and Aardwolves play an integral role in their habitats and show tremendous diversity between species. Interestingly, Hyenas are categorized in the feliformia suborder of the carnivora order …

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