Stephanie M. Dloniak

Writing about science, nature, and adventure for children and adults.



New logo and Facebook Page for the Hyaena Specialist Group

April 27th, 2017

We are updating EVERYTHING at the Hyaena Specialist Group! Here is our new logo:   And here is the link to our new Facebook Page: Stay tuned for more, including our new website.  Happy hyena-ing!  



“Ongoing lion declines across most of Africa warrant urgent action”

January 8th, 2016

I am a coauthor of a letter recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in response to criticism of an earlier paper that cited some of my data on lion numbers in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Hopefully this letter clarifies any questions and helps underscore just how important appropriate conservation actions […]



Hope for Big Life in East Africa – new story

April 14th, 2014

My latest story has just been published. “Hope for Big Life in East Africa” is a feature in The Collection, a new Scandinavian magazine. I write about the art and conservation work of Nick Brandt. Here is the pdf: The_Collection_Magazine_Nick_Brandt_SMD You can see more of Nick Brandt’s work here. And you can learn more about Big […]



Can mock hunts help save lions’ lives?

February 4th, 2014

My latest feature has been published by Ensia magazine. I write about innovative conservation tools being used by the Lion Guardians team near Amboseli National Park in Kenya. You can read the story here.  And here are some photos that did not make it into the story…                   […]



Conserving large carnivores: Dollars and fence

March 6th, 2013

My guest blog post on lion conservation is up at Scientific American! I write about how data I collected in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in 2005 were combined with lion count data from more than 40 other sites on the continent to test hypotheses about management options and conditions affect lions. The data were […]



Spotted hyenas finally visit!

February 8th, 2013

After a year of camera-trapping we finally ‘captured’ a couple of hyenas! Two spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) made their way across the plot to the fence hole at 4AM on Monday morning! Being a hyena-ologist, I actually leapt from my seat with joy when I downloaded these photos from the camera trap. Have a look […]



A visit from the bushpig

January 23rd, 2013

A new species ventured through the fence hole last week: the bushpig, Potamochoerus larvatus. Here is a video, composed of the still images taken by my motion-activated Reconyx camera trap: We have had warthogs on our plot since the day we moved in, and I have hundereds of photos of these portly suburban pigs coming and […]



Eating Giants: Hippo

September 17th, 2012

At the end of my last post, I promised to write more about suburban lions within a day… long as nothing else exciting happened on the plot. Well, something exciting did indeed happen and I am finishing up a post about Syke’s monkeys, lesulas, and kipunjis… In the mean time, apparently I was on tv […]