Lions versus Hyenas

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Although behavioural scientists have been studying and documenting the ecology of African predators for years, few animals are so misunderstood by the public as lions and hyenas. We are all familiar with the cliché of lions as the noble ‘kings of the savannah’ against the hyenas’ reputation of being cowardly devious scavengers.

The two-part series Lions versus Hyenas corrects this misconception and provides a fresh perspective of these ancient adversaries. Reality often proves to be the opposite of viewers’ frequently held prejudices.

Wildlife filmmaker and long-time Africa expert Reinhard Radke has long been fascinated by documenting the conflict between lions and hyenas, showing the adaptations of these rivals, their different hunting techniques, and family structures. The result is an impressive portrait of two extraordinary, often misunderstood, competitors and hunters.