|Bonus to having a lot of cubs at the den: we get adorable photos like this!|
We then manipulate the photos on the computer, changing them to black and white and messing with things like exposure and contrast so their spots are shown to their best advantage.
|The photos start like this...|
|And end up like this.|
|The ultrasound printer uses light-sensitive paper to print its photos, so we don't have to worry about ink!|
This whole process occurs multiple times throughout each hyena’s life. As they grow, their spots shift and spread , so we continually take new photos of each hyena to ensure the pictures in our books are similar to how that hyena currently looks. While printing and organizing dozens of photos can be a bit of a chore, it’s worth every minute to have clear, readily-recognizable photos of each and every hyena.