Last year, four urban hyaenas outstayed their welcome, so to speak, and it was decided that the best thing for them would be to relocate them to Liwonde National Park. They were captured from the city of Lilongwe (not easy feat!) and housed at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre until the time came to release them in April 2015.
Shortly before their release, much to the surprise of everyone, the dominant female gave birth to a cub! However, the goods news was short lived as mum soon abandoned him, and any hope of releasing them altogether vanished. Our staff here at the Centre stepped in to take care of the cub as the four-strong clan were transported to Liwonde, without Buttons.
Buttons has had a rough start but we have a small team keeping him fit and well for the time being and our Animal Care Manager, Jasper, is making every effort to arrange a future for him in the wild.