LILONGWE WILDLIFE CENTRE NEWS: The dominant female of our release clan of hyenas gave us all a shock when she gave birth to a cub shortly before the clan went down to Liwonde National Park. Sadly, he was rejected by his mother so our team of staff and volunteers have been taking care of him ever since. We have named him Usiku, meaning ‘night’ in the local language.
Hyaenas are carnivores that exhibit most complex social behaviour, which makes hand rearing a tricky task. As he’s getting bigger he’s becoming quite a handful as he’s extremely playful and loves company. We don’t have any other hyaenas so a special team of caretakers and volunteers are assigned to keep Usiku company throughout the day.