Social dominance and reproductive patterns in brown hyaenas, Hyaena brunnea , of the central Kalahari desert

  title={Social dominance and reproductive patterns in brown hyaenas,
 Hyaena brunnea
 , of the central Kalahari desert},
  author={Delia Owens and Mark Owens},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
A 7-year study of brown hyaenas of the Central Kalahari, Botswana, showed a separate, linear dominance hierarchy within each sex. The highest-ranking female shared equal rank with the alpha male, and she had the highest feeding time of all clan members. The immigrant alpha male was dominant over all other clan females and all natal males. The advantages of high rank for clan females were (1) increased feeding time at carcasses, (2) the opportunity to remain in the clan and rear cubs in the… 
Reproductive Behavior in the Hyaenidae
  • M. East
  • Biology
    Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior
  • 2019
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