These Wild Dogs Chase a Hyena and Win Twice

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points:

  • This video shows a pack of more than 20 wild dogs in South Africa’s Kruger National Park as they manage their two kills of impala and chase off a scavenging hyena.
  • African wild dogs travel in large packs of 10 to 40. They are extremely territorial and fiercely defend their territories and their food.
  • Hyenas are larger but African wild dogs are typically more adept hunters.

Kruger National Park is located in the northeastern region of South Africa and is home to several wild animals, including rhinos, lions, leopards, hyenas, and African wild dogs. They offer a variety of options for guests, including guided safaris, romantic safaris, and even self-drive safaris.

Many tourists are hopeful about lion sightings but there’s never a shortage of wildlife to encounter while on safari. They are likely to encounter lion prides along with elephants, giraffes, and buffalo. Some of the more popular safari trips are intensive, with options that span six days. During these longer safaris, guests are more likely to witness an event like the one captured in this video.

How Do African Wild Dogs Protect Their Kills?

African wild dogs epitomize teamwork. They are extremely territorial and fervently defend their territories and their kills. When this video starts, you watch as a wild dog chases off a hyena trying to encroach on the fruits of their hunt. Although obviously much larger, the hyena runs away.

Then, you watch as the wild dogs share their kill, never fighting over it. Each of them grabs a piece. The narrator in the video later explains that this hyena has been trailing the pack of wild dogs. They’re great hunters, and hyenas know it. There are more than 20 wild dogs hunting in the clip, and they’re ready to make their kills.

First, they stalk a herd of impala and manage their first kill. They move quickly and eat quickly — from when they started chasing it to devouring it completely, it took under five minutes. The wild dogs celebrate, full of energy after their meal is done. Watch how the wild dogs hunt and capture their next kill — a baby impala.  

African wild dogs epitomize teamwork and hunt effectively in packs.

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Hyenas vs. African Wild Dogs: What Do They Hunt?

Hyenas are known for being opportunistic — they’ll steal a meal any chance they get. This is the only risk they pose to African wild dogs, however. They would rather stalk and take advantage of a distracted wild dog pack to capitalize on their hunting skills.

African wild dogs travel in large packs of 10 to 40, which only increases their strength, making them more effective hunters. Hyenas are larger but African wild dogs are typically more adept hunters. Both of them are carnivorous, though hyenas’ diets are more flexible (they are opportunistic scavengers, after all).

Whereas African wild dogs generally stick to warthogs, gazelles, rodents, wildebeests, and birds, hyenas go for antelopes, zebras, rabbits, birds, snakes, and more. In this video, you experience The Virtual Safari on YouTube and get a first-hand look at how these two species interact in the wild.

Hyena in woodland
As hyenas are primarily scavengers, they do not hunt African wild dogs but instead try to steal their kills.

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Catch All the Action in the Video Below

Follow along with a pack of wild dogs as they manage two kills and chase off a scavenging hyena.

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Close up of wild dog
Wild dogs hunt in packs so that they can take on larger animals
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About the Author

Angie Menjivar is a quirky cat mom with a love for books, thunderstorms, and comfy couches where she cozies up with her laptop to write her heart out. Her writing style combines engaging storytelling, vivid imagery, emotional resonance, and educational depth to create a compelling and informative reading experience for readers like you! Her passion and humor stamp her work with a voice all her own and her sense of wonder creates a fantastical narrative that allows you to explore the fascinating world of wildlife through new eyes.

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