Why People Hate Hyenas

Why People Hate Hyenas

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Throughout history and around the world, most people dislike hyenas. But why?

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Video Director, Narrator, and Script Writer: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
Video Illustrator: Arcadi Garcia Rius (@garirius)
With Contributions From: Henry Reich, Alex Reich, Ever Salazar, Peter Reich, David Goldenberg, Julián Gómez, Sarah Berman
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Image Credits: Hyena photo by Michael Shehan Obeysekera

Another hyena photo by Eric Kilby



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