National Geographic : 1968 Jul
That grim incident was one of many we observed during months of research in the great crater and in nearby Serengeti National Park (map, opposite). Scientists of many na tions, invited by Mr. John Owen, Director of the Tanzania National Parks, are working in the region-studying the lion, wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and other animals that swarm over that magnificent grassland -to help solve the twin problems of wildlife management and conservation.* The Netherlands Foundation for the Ad vancement of Tropical Research has gener ously sponsored my own study of the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) and its relationship to Tanzania's game herds. Hyenas, common carnivores in much of Africa, are distantly related to the cats rather than to the dogs. Of *In May, 1968, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC presented "Tool-using Bird: The Egyptian Vulture," by Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall-a report also based on studies in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.