Hadley’s last post consisted of some great stories about our Fig Tree clan. So, I decided to give an update about this troublesome group of hyenas.
Fig Tree tends to give us researchers a headache. That's because it’s much farther away (about an hour drive from our camp), the hyenas like to go missing for months at a time, and their territory is the definition of “inconvenient” (it’s quite large and there are huge impassable luggas that cut through it.) Also, all the females look like this:
So, they’re hard to ID.
That being said, the clan’s territory is beautiful and we always see a variety of wildlife.
The hyenas are interesting and quite the characters (see blog post on eggs.)
|Chewbacca being a goofball.|
And apparently, some things never change!
|Hadley saw a lion/hyena interaction when they were looking for the lost clan, and so did we! In our case, the lions had stolen some recently killed ungulate from the hyenas.|
As of right now, the females have chosen the most wonderful dens for observation. Whilst the Talek clan seems to prefer wooded bushy (as well as very-difficult-to-see-for-researchers) dens (see Ashlei’s post) the Fig tree clan has chosen a den that is open to the world. You can even snap shots of the sunset whilst watching young cubs play around the den hole. It’s a hyena researcher’s dream.
|Naru is bombarded by the group of cub-lings that congregate at our new Theory of Evolution Den.|
|Einstein decides it's time to move Mike Wazowski to a new den. His sibling James P. Sullivan trails behind (not pictured.)|
|A young Mike Wazowski/James P. Sullivan head pokes from behind his mom Einstein.|
|Einstein's two cubs along with Kibera and Mathare (Lu's cubs) play around on top of Einstein.|
|Einstein continues to ignore, but I could not and snapped this photo just in the nick of time.|