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College students share stories of their daily life while in Kanya's Masai Mara conducting field research on hyenas for the Holekamp Lab at Michigan State University.

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Latest Blog Posts for Notes From Kenya: MSU Hyena Research

  • Difficulty and humor when testing hyena cognition...
    on Dec 6, 2016 in cognition
    Update: Hall of Shame is still coming up soon.. but first... some goofy hyena videos.Testing the cognition of hyenas in the wild can be really difficult, but it's also really fun. MVUA, a young subadult hyena in Talek West, just opened the multi-acce...
  • Rate the Mara: Common Eland (Taurotraigus oryx)
    on Dec 2, 2016
    Hello all! Rate The Mara is a possible series I may post every now and then, when the blog is need of an infusion of subpar humor.  It's intended to be a gleeful series presenting some facts about the animal, having some fun, and giving a comple...
  • 5 Months, 5 Moments
    on Aug 29, 2016
    Time goes by so fast!  As of today, I have been in Kenya for five months, working as a Research Assistant for the Mara Hyena Project.  In these five months, I have learned, seen, and done so much.  This whole experience is too incredib...
  • A mating like no other and why it matters
    on Aug 26, 2016
    Note: This blog contains footage of a mating which recently occurred within Talek West. It is used with the permission of the Mara Hyena Project and for scientific purposes only.If there is one quality about the Mara ecosystem which can be assur...
  • Goin' Courtin'
    on Aug 22, 2016
    Just a few days ago, I had the good luck to see one of our North clan males, Leprechaun, engaged in courting behavior with the matriarch of North clan, Waffles.A flattering photo of Leprechaun, immigrant male.An even more flattering photo of Waffles,...
  • Self-control matters in spotted hyenas
    on Aug 15, 2016
    Hey, it's Lily again. I'm a graduate student out in the field right now collecting cognitive data with the hyenas. One of the cognitive tasks I’m giving hyenas tests self-control, which is also known as “inhibitory control” in many scientific s...
  • Living double lives
    on Aug 15, 2016
    While it is often joked that getting a PhD can be stressful and quite time consuming, for those who choose to utilize field data, it can be doubly so. Graduate students rarely have the time to do much data analysis, or writing, while they collect the...
  • Mail from a male
    on Aug 8, 2016
    Dear humans,My name is Juba, and I am an immigrant male spotted hyena in Talek West clan.  Like all immigrant males in the Mara, I was named after a city: in my case, the capital of South Sudan.  I'm also currently the only Talek West hyena...
  • A Bipedal Mother and a Pirate Queen - Hyenas with Stories
    on Aug 2, 2016
    Hello, everyone! Today I want to introduce you to two of my absolute favorite hyenas. They have both been through ordeals that would have killed lesser beasts, but they are surviving and thriving in the face of adversity.Meet Komo, oldest daughter of...
  • Then and Now
    on Jul 26, 2016
    After two years, I am finally back in Serena camp. I was out here from May 2013 – May 2014 as a research assistant in Serena. I’m now here as a graduate student. I arrived in Kenya almost two months ago, but I spent my first two months in Talek a...
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