oa Madoqua - Cape fur seal predation by brown hyaena in the Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



A singIe brown hyaena Hyaena brunnea was found on the fresh carcase of a Cape fur seal Arctocephalus pusillus in the Meob Bay area of the Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia. Evidence showed that the hyaena approached the seal and killed it by biting and crushing its skull. Although no previous records of this type of predation could be traced, brown hyaena may hunt seals more commonly than is known.

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