The Hyena Scientist

The Hyena Scientist

By:  Sy Montgomery

This non-fiction title is the latest in the Scientists in the Field series of books, which include books about other animals such as sharks, tapirs, and wolves.  Hyenas have a terrible reputation of being dirty, ugly and mean.  However, zoologist, Kay Holekamp, hopes to prove otherwise.  She claims that this species are skilled hunters rather than scavengers, and quite clean with rough tongues like cats that are adept at grooming.  During the author’s ten day stay in Masai Mara, Kenya, the author witnesses researchers sedate a male hyena to take measurements, a skirmish among rival hyena clans, and the evacuation of precious equipment during a flood.  Nic Bishop’s stunning photography captures the hyena’s true personality.  This would make an interesting read for the whole family.

Renee (Parr)

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