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White Rhinos vs Hyena Caught on Camera

White Rhinos vs Hyena Caught on Camera
Screenshot from Youtube video uploaded by Animals Around The Globe

In this video captured by Matthew Grossett, one of our partners situated in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, we see two white rhinos and two hyenas interact at a watering hole. The hyenas, predators in the wild, quickly moved away as the rhinos approached them – let’s look into why! 

Quick Rhino vs Hyena Stats

White RhinoSpotted Hyena
Scientific NameCeratotherium simumCrocuta crocuta
Size11 to 13 feet body length 4.7 to 6 feet body length 
Weight3,960 to 5,500 pounds88 to 190 pounds
Conservation SizeNear ThreatenedLeast Concern

Hyena Temperament 

spotted hyena
H1-3 Road South of Satara, Kruger NP, SOUTH AFRICA. Image by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <, via Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to hyenas strength lies in numbers. These animals live and hunt in clans, overpowering their prey and chasing off danger together. This could explain why the two hyenas in the video quickly ran off when the rhinos started to approach them. 

Do Hyenas Get Into Fights? 

Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), Etosha National Park, Namibia, southen Africa. Image via Depositphotos

These scavenging animals often have play fights between themselves! They communicate that the fight is playing through facial expressions and body language. However, they will get into real fights when competing for a breeding mate or food. 

White Rhino Temperament

White rhino
Credit Bernard Dupont from France – White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum), CC BY-SA 2.0,

White rhinos typically live in herds of around 14 individuals, while adult males tend to roam alone. White rhinos are mostly timidly tempered, but due to their poor eyesight, they will often charge when startled. But this is not as common as they will usually run away if they sense danger! 

Do White Rhinos Get Into Fights? 

African white rhino, National park of Kenya. Image via

As we already mentioned white rhinos are generally timidly tempered and avoid fighting. However, when two dominant males compete for a female they will get into pretty aggressive fights to determine who is the dominant male. They do so by using charging and using their horns and teeth as weapons. 

The Interaction

white rhino
Two white Rhinos. Image Credit: Lyndsey King

In the video, we see the two hyenas and two white rhinos hanging around the watering hole in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The rhinos seemingly unbothered by the two very aware hyenas, turn to chase the hyenas away. This might be due to rhinos being territorial, or feeling uncomfortable in the presence of the scavengers. No one got hurt in this interaction – the hyenas knew better than to mess with the rhinos 20 times their size! 

The Video

YouTube video
White Rhino vs Hyena. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Animals Around The Globe

Final Say

This is one of the many wildlife interactions that allow us a glimpse into nature’s inner workings. In the video taken by Matt in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, we see that even predators know their limitations – avoiding harm!

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