Currently >130 members strong, the Airstrip clan is among the largest hyena clans in the world. It always amazes me how ecologically flexible this species is. In the most arid parts of their range, clans may number fewer than five individuals. But in prey-rich and rainy environments such as the Ngorongoro Crater, you have multiple massive clans in close proximity. The hyenas here are also quite active in the daytime (I’ve seen kills and skirmishes with lions at noon!), unlike most other places. It makes for very nice data collection during my PhD, but can also be overwhelming at times. Just as I feel I’ve been fully updated on clan demographics, a few dozen cubs pop out of nowhere. At one time, Airstrip can use four different communal dens! Exceptionally productive but exceptionally difficult to stay on top of. Pictured here are A-494 and A-445, two young, high-ranking females who will contribute to this incredibly successful clan’s legacy.