Feeding Wild Hyenas in Harar, Ethiopia 14


OK, so the basic gist of this is that there is a small group of locals in Harar, Ethiopia that feed these wild hyenas every night, just outside the walls of the old town. Legend has it that practice began in the 19th century, during a famine. The locals feed the hyenas to appease the animals in times of drought, so they wouldn’t attack children or livestock.

They are feed some old meat that the guys buy off local butchers. The ‘donations’ you make to take photos go to buying the meat.

For 50 Ethiopian burr, which is about $4 U.S. dollars these days, you can take pictures of the guy feeding the hyenas, and. . . feed them yourself.

feeding wild hyenas in harar, ethiopia
feeding wild hyenas in harar, ethiopia
michael hodson feeding wild hyenas in harar, ethiopia

michael hodson feeding wild hyenas in harar, ethiopia

Traveling overland around the world was great for a number of reasons — I doubt I would have ever had this chance without going overland through Africa.


About Michael Hodson

Iā€™m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.


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