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by Sally Morgan

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Children's Literature
The hyena is often referred to as a "laughing hyena" due to the cackling sounds it makes when scared, excited, or pursued. This somewhat playful name, however, does not adequately describe this intense and skillful hunter and scavenger. The hyena is the most abundant predator in Africa. Its strong senses of hearing, vision, and smell as well as its extreme levels of stamina (it can run for hours at a time) make it an excellent hunter. It also scavenges food, taking prey away from lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs. A hyena's jaws and teeth are designed for gripping a victim, cutting its skin, and crushing its bones. There is little that the hyena leaves behind once finished with a meal. Hyena cubs are born in underground dens and then live with their clan in specified territories. These territories are marked with a strong-smelling substance and can be as big as half the size of Manhattan. Although the hyena is a smart animal, it is struggling to survive the carelessness of man. Two of the four types of hyenas are endangered due to excessive hunting and over development of grasslands. Readers will be fascinated with the vibrant and action-packed photographs of the hyenas. This book is a good choice for beginner research projects. It is part of the "Predators" series and includes glossary, resource, and index sections. 2003, Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers,
— Andrea Sears Andrews

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Heinemann Library
Publication date:
Predators Series
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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