Hyena clans make for good research, photos
Posted by GreenReaper (Laurence Parry) on Tue 2 Feb 2010 - 09:46 —
Edited as of 09:47
Their research (click names) on the social behavior of the Spotted Hyena is worth reading.
A brief summary:
- While hyena clans typically have 30-50 members or more, it is exceedingly rare for more than half to be together at once.
- Recent kills, border patrols, conflicts with lions and clan wars attracted increasingly large groups of 8-20, but actual hunting was frequently done alone, allowing the hunter to eat first (hyenas eat 4-7 kg/day, but can consume that in five minutes).
- Females and those of higher social rank were less likely to be alone.
- Females tended to pair up — but never with males — to pick on other females. Such alliances were short-lived after controlling for kinship.
- Nepotism was common among adult females, particularly for full sisters, but relatives were still subject to dominance-based attacks.