n Farmer’s Weekly - A unique symbiosis between farmers and brown hyenas - feature - the brown hyena

Volume 2018 Number 18026
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



Using data from 984 camera trap stations located at sites across seven South African provinces, Dr Katy Williams and her colleagues at the University of Mpumalanga and Durham University are determining which factors affect brown hyenas’ land usage. The camera traps were set up in national parks, nature reserves, and on game and cattle farms. Panthera, an international organisation dedicated to the conservation of wild cats, ran the surveys in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute and other stakeholders. “The results indicate that land usage by brown hyenas is driven by human disturbance and co-occurring predator species,” says Williams. “Higher levels of activity by humans on foot and spotted hyenas had a negative effect on brown hyena land usage, while higher levels of vehicle activity and leopard activity had a positive influence.”

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