Kalahari Hyaenas: Comparative Behavioural Ecology of Two Species (Mammals)

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This beast has a stone in its eye, also called an Yena, which is believed to make a person able to foresee the future if he keeps it under his tongue. It is true that if an Yena walks round an animal three times, the animal cannot move. For this reason they affirm that it has some sort of magic skill about it. (Translated from Latin, from the twelfth century Bestiary in the University of Cambridge Library. ) Perhaps it is not merely fortuitous that of all the African animals, the ancients should have selected the hyaena as a vehicle for magical powers. Of course, there are solid scientific explanations for this; the animals' nocturnal habits around human habitation, the consumption of people's mortal remains, the spectacular hermaphroditic appearance, the uncanny similarity between the calls of a spotted hyaena and the utterances of deranged humanity. But apart from all rational explanations for the strange hold of the animal over people, there is a magic about hyaenas which can only be understood by those who have watched them for some time. There is a now growing band of us, who came to the African bush with all our prejudices, with all that 'common knowledge' about hyaenas which proved so totally wrong, and who just fell for the spell of animals which were so totally different.

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Behind this book lie 12 years of research into the comparative behavioural ecology of the brown and spotted hyaenas. Set in the semi arid region of the Kalahari, the author examines the roles of the two species in this finely balanced ecosystem and highlights the factors and mechanisms responsible for limiting the populations. Feeding ecology and social systems form the core themes of the study and reveal much new data on the links between food distribution, diet and behaviour. The debt of research and extensive range of new material contained in this book will have a direct impact on our present knowledge of hyaenas and our considerations for the conservation management of these animals. The work is aimed at senior graduates, researchers and professionals in zoology.

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