Smelly Microbes Help Hyenas to Communicate with One Another

The hordes of microbes that inhabit every nook and cranny of every animal are not just passive hitchhikers: they actively shape their hosts’ well-being and even behavior. Now, researchers have found evidence that bacteria living in the scent glands of hyenas help to produce the smells that the animals use to identify group members and … Read more

Fear and Sport Imperil Lebanon’s Striped Hyenas

KFAR TOUN, Lebanon — Close to midnight, Mounir Abi-Said sat on the roof of his bright yellow Land Rover and shined a spotlight across the landscape, looking for striped hyenas. Warm fog swirled in the headlights. A bat detector crackled as it picked up sonar. Some years ago, when Dr. Abi-Said, a conservation biologist and … Read more

David Campbell – The Scarlet and Black

March 31st, 2022 I’m in the OTS compound in Skukusa, South Africa. The compound is inside Kruger National Park, behind a tall electric fence for our own safety: elephants visit the compound’s perimeter; hyaenas chortle every night; there were sightings of a leopard last week. I’m here with 14 students enrolled in the field phase … Read more

Squamish Constellation Festival: Everything you need to know

Indie-rock band The New Pornographers replace Black Pumas as headliners at the festival this weekend. After years of anticipation and planning, the Squamish Constellation Festival is just days away. The festival, held at Hendrickson Field, runs from Friday, Jul. 22, to Sunday, Jul. 24. Behind the scenes, organizers are putting the finishing touches to plans … Read more

catching hyaenas on camera for conservation

I spent a few years in South Africa searching for the elusive brown hyaena. The aim of the study was to assess the differences in the distribution and abundance of brown hyaena between protected and unprotected farmland areas in South Africa. The driving force behind the project designed by researchers at Nottingham Trent University was … Read more

Adversity forges unlikely friendship between hyenas, wolves — ScienceDaily

It is often true in life that adversity makes humans more likely to lean on one another. That theme of interdependence in hard times apparently holds true in the animal kingdom, according to a new study co-authored by a researcher from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Vladimir Dinets, UT assistant professor of psychology, examined the … Read more

Hyena Myths Busted: Are They Really Hermaphrodite?

Ugly. Villainous. Thieves. The insults leveled at hyenas are so nasty you’d think they were running for office. These predators, inhabitants of Africa and Asia, have been maligned for centuries as grave robbers, witches’ steeds, and even “were-hyenas,” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Hyaena Specialist Group. In hopes of clearing up … Read more

How female hyaenas came to dominate males — ScienceDaily

In most animal societies, members of one sex dominate those of the other. Is this, as widely believed, an inevitable consequence of a disparity in strength and ferocity between males and females? Not necessarily. A new study on wild spotted hyaenas shows that in this social carnivore, females dominate males because they can rely on … Read more