On a recent dune adventure trip to the famous Saddle Hill mining village near Luderitz (Namibia), we were driving along the vast sand highways of the desert and saw something rushing past the vehicles from our left. The outlines was that of a larger mammal.
We turned around and saw a full grown brown hyena kicking up sand as it was running along the dune mountains of sand. We decided to give ourselves two minutes to photograph it, before letting it be. Peaceful and undisturbed. These few moments were all worth it! What a sighting! I had a gigantic smile on my face as the hyena disappeared into the distance.
These elusive animals are the rarest of the hyena species and can be very difficult to find, even more in a stretched out desert wilderness around the Sperrgebiet National Park on the Namibian coast line.
Brown hyena are active at night and seek refuge during the day. On the Namibian coast line the also feed on Cape fur seals, mostly the pups.
The Brown Hyena Research Project is a non-profit organisation based in Lüderitz in the southern Namib Desert in Namibia.
In the Afrikaans language, these animals are referred to as a "Strandwolf" ("Beach wolf"). Below are three images from the sighting:
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