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Scavengers in Tanzania

Early one morning we found this dead hippo about half a kilometre from the main hippo pool at Katavi National Park in Tanzania, and we decided to photograph the hyena and several vultures feasting on it.

    The stench from the dead hippo was overwhelming, and normally we would have parked upwind. But unfortunately, the position of the sun meant that we needed to stay downwind from the scene, which was none too pleasant.

    It is always interesting to watch a hyena eat, as it diligently scans the surroundings between each mouthful on the lookout for other predators. This hyena is doing just that and, if you look closely, you’ll see a number of scars on its body from previous scuffles.