The Hyena — Trickster or Helper?

Although we followed that hyena for the best part of half an hour, we never caught up with it.

- Louis Leakey

The maniacal whoops of spotted hyenas sent a shiver of excitement down my spine as I pulled the covers up to my chin and wriggled my toes on the hot water bottle at the foot of my bed. What was going on out there in the dark beyond my tent? The drama of the African savannah picks up tempo when the sun goes down. The following morning, we passed a lone hyena lolling in a mud puddle like a partygoer recovering from a wild night on the town…