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Pieter Hugo, Mummy Ahmadu and Mallam Mantari Lamal with Mainasara, Abuja, Nigeria 2005

"Say cheese." ... spotted hyena cub by Chris Gamel

The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), also known as the laughing hyena, is a species of hyena, currently classed as the sole member of the genus Crocuta, native to Sub-Saharan Africa. Wikipedia spotted hyena cub by Chris Gamel

The Aardwolf, whose name means “earth wolf,” lives in Africa. They are related to hyenas but do not hunt large animals, instead eat insects — mostly termites.

The Aardwolf (Proteles cristata), whose name means “earth wolf,” lives in Africa. They are related to hyenas but do not hunt large animals, instead eat insects — mostly termites.

Painted Dog..wild dogs of africa ... I would love one of these... domesticated of course.

Lycaon pictus is a canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas and lightly wooded areas. It is variously called the African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, African painted dog

The striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is native to North and East Africa, the Caucasus, the Middle East, Middle and Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.    It is listed by the IUCN as near threatened, as the global population is estimated to be under 10,000 mature individuals.    (info source: wiki)

Striped Hyena, Hyaena hyaena - North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent

If you get close to a pack dining on a carcass, you might hear peals of the hyena's nervous laughter. What's the hyena's nervous laughter all about?

Why do spotted hyenas laugh?

The Hyena's Nervous Laughter: Carnivores: Animal Planet:

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