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Hello All! 
12th-Aug-2010 05:30 am
I'm new here and have been reading some of the posts before deciding to include one of my own.  Wow, what a great community!!  I loved the hyena pics, vids, etc.  Awesome.  I'm a spotted hyena therian and am glad to be in a group that takes my hyenakin to heart like you all do.  Has anyone read that book "What The Hyena Knows" yet?  I'm going to start looking for it at the libraries here in Tampa.  I'm not usually much of a mystery reader, but hey...if it's got a hyena in it, I'll give it a try.  :)  

I hope to be posting some hyena pics on my profile soon.  I've got tons of them from Busch Gardens where they have a gorgeous spotted hyena named Eeyore.  They used to have one named Mouse but he passed away last year from old age.  I've heard they've gotten a couple new, younger spotteds, but I haven't been lucky enough yet to catch them when they've had them out.  

FYI, in case anybody is interested, the Lowry Park Zoo here in Tampa has a few striped hyenas.  I've seen them and photographed them, also, and they're beautiful.  Spotteds are my favourites, of course, but I love any and all hyenas in general.  

Anyway, just thought I'd say hi and post here.  I hope to see more posts in the future and include more of mine as well.  :)

Beach Hyena 
12th-Aug-2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't. So I don't know how good it is.

For hyena books, check out:
"Innocent Killers: A Fascinating Journey Through the Worlds of the Hyena, the Jackal, and the Wild Dog" by Hugo Van Lawick-Goodall and Jane Van Lawick-Goodall. It's usually easy to find used.

Recently there's been the following book: "Hyena Nights, Kalahari Days" by Gus Mills and Margie Mills. I would like to get a copy of that book myself.
As well as "The Gnoll Credo" by J. Stanton.

I also have "Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History" by Xiaoming Wang and Richard H. Tedford. Which does talk about extinct hyena species and others in comparison to dog species.
I'm sure there's more in "The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives" by Mauricio Anton and Alan Turner. But I don't own the big cat book...
There's also "Evolving Eden: An Illustrated Guide to the Evolution of the African Large Mammal Fauna" by Alan Turner and Mauricio Anton, which is finally out in paperback. As the hardcover was really expensive.

But I would love a book that just talked about ancient hyenas, as I'm really fascinated by Chasmaporthetes. The only North American hyena that existed. It also lived in Africa and was considered to be the hyena equivalent of the cheetah.
13th-Aug-2010 01:41 am (UTC)
I do own the Big Cats and their fossil Relatives one, and there's a decent amount about dire and cave hyenas, and their suspected habits. It's an awesome book. :-D

hyaenidae.org has some interesting pics and so forth - a great archive of information.

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