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Spotted Hyena Juvenile, Close-Up

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Spotted hyena juvenile, close-up
Caption: Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) juvenile, close-up, Kruger National Park, South Africa.  © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel; Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom; Focal Length: 275mm; Shutter speed: 1/60; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 1600.

Location: The Kruger National Park, established in 1898, is South Africa's flagship wildlife reserve and offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.

Kruger lies between the Limpopo River to the north and the Crocodile River to the south and is roughly 80km wide and 320k (200 miles) long. This vast tract of wilderness is home to an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna, including 507 different birds and 147 types of mammal.

In addition to the "Big Five" - elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino - there are also large numbers of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, antelope, and hyena. Less common but also seen by visitors on safari are cheetah and wild dog.

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