The Hyena – nature’s feminist

Meeka’s Mind blog has shared a wonderful Q&A about my new poetry collection, Lion Scream, and the role of hyenas in nature ecosystems. Thank you, Meeks.

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I was on Robbie Cheadle’s blog recently and was intrigued when she described some of Southern Africa’s wild life as ‘the Big Five’ and ‘the Ugly Five’! I had to ask, right? Well, here’s what Robbie said.

Robbie: The “Ugly Five”, comprising of the warthog, hyena, wildebeest, marabou stork, and vulture, aren’t as well known, but also play an important role in the southern African eco systems. The hyena, marabou stork, and vulture are all scavengers who help ‘clean up’ the bushveld.

One of the most interesting of the “Ugly Five” is the hyena which is one of the most misunderstood and persecuted animals in history. Throughout history, hyenas have been regarded as vermin and a liability to local communities. Disney’s movie, The Lion King, also perpetrated the myth of hyenas as despicable animals.

Me: Having watched The Lion King many times when the Offspring was little, I…

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18 thoughts on “The Hyena – nature’s feminist

      1. I agree. It is warm enough that I can again sit outside with my app to identify bird songs. Yesterday late afternoon it picked up songs from seven different birds. I had only seen one variety.

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  1. When I saw Hyenas in Kenya, I was surprised by how large they were. For some reason I had always thought of them as a small predator/scavenger.
    Shared both posts on Twitter, Robbie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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