Hyena in Kgalagadi, Botswana

A hyena walking in the Mata Mata area of the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa. By Mario Moreno on

I think Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way.   They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).

I think spotted Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way. They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).

This picture relates to Pi because the hyenas were being tamed by the man like Pi tamed Richard Parker.

I want hyena hugs! I adore Kevin Richardson. Beautiful soul, so thankful for what he does to help the Lions and Hyenas

Hyena cub - Lower Sabie KNP - Laura Dyer

Hyena Cub-don't know why but I'm scared of hyenas (and bears).

Africa | A yawning hyena.  Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana | ©YoungRobv, via flickr

Botswana Okavango Delta by youngrobv. No laughing hyena, it's actually a yawning hyena, but effective for another dramatic shot from the Moremi Game Reserve all the same.

Spotted Hyena at Dawn

On an early morning game drive, we saw this young spotted hyena in the far distance. He seemed curious, and started walking towards us. He was even polite enough to cross the road and relax in the better light.

A young Aardwolf. The smallest member of the hyena family feeds on termites and other insects.

Aardwolf pup is too cute! A young Aardwolf. The smallest member of the hyena family feeds on termites and other insects.

Aardwolf - the smallest of the hyena family, they can puff their tails and a…

Tale of the Tides - Deeble and Stone Natural History Films - Between the Lamu archipelago and Somalia is the wildest shore in East Africa - where baboons and hyaenas come to hunt crabs on the beach -named aardwolf elsewhere, or a hyena?

Hyaenidae - All four extant species of Hyenas - Wikipedia - (from top) Spotted "Laughing" Hyena, Brown Hyena, Striped Hyena and Aardwolf

All extant species of hyenas in descending order of size: spotted hyena, brown hyena, striped hyena and aardwolf. Hyaenidae - Hyena - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which says that hyenas are members of the cat family!

The bone-crushing Hyena - drinking in Etosha, Namibia.

The bone-crushing African spotted hyena - drinking in Etosha, Namibia.

Never thought I'd ever get to pet and love on a hyena until volunteering at the zoo. So sweet, ours was sniffing my hair and making bear noises at me yesterday!

This picture respresents the evil cook. He killed the poor sailor and Pi's strong mother. The hyena or cook made it harder for Pi to survive. He is an obstacle in Pi's way to survival.

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