In South Africa, hyenas have traditionally been the subject of fear, loathing and misunderstanding, but at the Lion Park near Johannesburg, one man is working to dispel these myths as he cares for three young hyena cubs.
Meet Kevin Richardson, a man who has dedicated his life to the hyena–the most maligned and misunderstood species in Africa.
From his base at the Lion Park, Kevin takes care of a clan of spotted hyena. He hopes that one of the new cubs will become an ‘ambassador’ for his species, helping to teach the public about these incredible hunters and scavengers.
But, as Kevin discovers, the complex hierarchy of the hyena clan can have brutal consequences.
At times touching, at times heartbreaking, Growing Up Hyena tells the story of one man’s love for this strange and sometimes hated species.