Welcome to my new blog - Scientist on Safari!
And what a better way to start than with a video of one of the many night visitors we have at our home in Kenya? This is a spotted hyena, the most abundant large carnivore in the Masai Mara. In fact, the spotted hyena is the most abundant large carnivore in sub-Saharan Africa. The spotted hyena is one of my favorite animals, and I spent several years studying one particularly large clan of hyenas for my doctorate. However, this particular hyena is NOT a favorite. She destroyed my last camera trap! As you can see, she is investigating my new camera.... luckily, she didn't crush this one! I'll tell you more about camera traps and hyenas in future blog posts.
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