Awesome African Pets

An incredible series of photographs taken in Nigeria as part of Pieter Hugo’s ‘Gadawan Kura’ – The Hyena Men(click each image to view in high resolution):







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71 Responses to “Awesome African Pets”
  1. Claire says:

    These animals are raised from birth, and as for whoever was like “oh, there will be none left…booo hoo”

    guess what?

    It’s not like every african person has these pets, a tiny, tiny number keep these animals as pets, and they feed them and play with them and do not display cruelty to them.

    so yeah, leave them alone. It’s not inhumane in any way and these animals are not nasty in any way, they don’t hurt people (hmmm…muzzles!). So honestly, think before you these things, because it just makes you sound stupid.

    have a nice day.

  2. flyingspaghettimonster says:

    I like the primates ensemble.


    I think these guys are the TRUE gangsters.

    I mean come on would you mess with a guy with a hyena on a leash?

    I think not.

    i ALSO think everyone on here needs to take a moment and CALM DOWN….Ive seen things in America that are WAY beyond anything you see in these pictures…..

    COME ON!

    Think peaceful.

  3. mindkill says:

    Glad to see there are still alot of tree hugging hippies out there that will one day burn in an eternal damnation. Fuck you hippies, fuck you.

  4. Exe says:


    “nicky Says:
    January 5th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    exe- please shoot yourself in the face. That would benefit humanity more than anything you have to say.”

    This is exactly typical of murderous hypocritical PETA members who hate humans and their leaders actually hate animals too… read this:

    Death toll up to 17,400; overdue report describes PETA’s deadliest year ever

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An official report from People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), submitted nine months after a Virginia government agency’s deadline, shows that the animal rights group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006. During that year, the well-known animal rights group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on PETA to either end its hypocritical angel-of-death program, or stop its senseless condemnation of Americans who believe it’s perfectly ethical to use animals for food, clothing, and critical medical research.

    Not counting animals PETA held only temporarily in its spay-neuter program, the organization took in 3,061 “companion animals” in 2006, of which it killed 2,981. According to Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the average euthanasia rate for humane societies in the state was just 34.7 percent in 2006. PETA killed 97.4 percent of the animals it took in. The organization filed its 2006 report this month, nine months after the VDACS deadline of March 31, 2007.

    “Pet lovers should be outraged,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. “There are thousands of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve Americans’ support. PETA is not one of them.”

    In courtroom testimony last year, a PETA manager acknowledged that her organization maintains a large walk-in freezer for storing dead animals, and that PETA contracts with a Virginia cremation service to dispose of the bodies. In that trial, two PETA employees were convicted of dumping dead animals in a rural North Carolina trash dumpster.

    Today in Southampton County, Virginia, another PETA employee will face felony charges in a dog-napping case. Andrea Florence Benoit Harris was arrested in late 2006 for allegedly abducting a hunting dog and attempting to transport it to PETA’s Norfolk headquarters.

    “PETA raised over $30 million last year,” Martosko added, “and it’s using that money to kill the only flesh-and-blood animals its employees actually see. The scale of PETA’s hypocrisy is simply staggering.”

    To speak with a spokesman contact Tim Miller at 202-463-7112.

    For more information about PETA’s massive euthanasia program, visit

  5. lawlpop lala says:


    rabble rabble, rabble rabble rabble rabble? RABBLE!!!

  6. KATIE says:

    I bet all of you who left a comment about the “poor animals” are very worldly. I wish you’d all travel over there and try to “set them free” and get attacked!

  7. Nell says:

    These are great photos. But these beautiful animals should not be on chains or in a city setting. They should be in the wild and frankly I am disgusted that some of you think it is “awesome” that these people are neglecting and abusing them.

    On a side note…PETA can suck my balls.

  8. lara says:

    I seriously doubt these animals are chained up all the time…

    they are on leashes because they are in town.

    If they weren’t on leashes the hyena would have attacked the baboon in the first picture.

    Nobody calls me cruel for taking my dog out on a leash.

    besides, these animals are so close to their natural habitat that if they weren’t happy they would leave.

  9. nicola says:

    So disgusting. These animals belong in the wild. Not chained up. Why can’t people just leave them alone?

  10. Andrew says:

    Wtf you guys are just stupid.
    This is not America were talking about its in fu*king Africa.
    Completely different way of life. Who are you to decide that an animal should or shouldn’t be domesticated? What are you “God”?
    Anyways if they have a purpose behind all of this then why don’t you just leave them alone. It is not that serious.

  11. brustyk says:

    As an artistic statement i believe these pictures display human nature. I don’t see any difference from this then a elderly white woman holding a groomed poodle. This type of thing is encouraged by western culture.

  12. boogietoasts says:

    I cant believe this!! These people belong in the garden of eden and should not be laboring with such things. They were made to live in harmony with their creation. These animals draw them out and trick them into taking care of them. Things(people and animals) should only be where we say they belong. If something is not in place we should get upset and say how wrong it is while eating cheese burgers and buying products that in one way or another causes more harm to our fellow humans than that animal in the photo ever would. A human life is worth more than that of things we use for food. Humane treatment for all life but ethical intentions as consumers far outweighs any circus show. Get real. There are a lot more important things going on that you should focus your energy on. We all have pets. Its a reflection of how we view ourselves. “kill the white people, but buy my record first..” E.M.

  13. amana says:

    I’ve looked at all of the series, both the 2005 and 2007 portraits. I think they are stunning. Pieter Hugo has the touch of classic West African portraits, with a lovely surreal sense of color and composition; and a starkness that reaches out and knocks the breath out of your chest. He mentions in his article about these shots that he loves the contrast between wild and urban Africa, and I felt that right away. It also shows that two-way exchange of U.S. hip-hop culture, because these guys look they are trying to be Big Boi with his pits. Can anyone else feel this? Thanks for the PETA info, I never was impressed by their public agression, and it sounds like it echoes their private slaughter. Very unfortunate. Peace to everyone.

  14. Stephanie says:

    I agree completely. These animals are not meant to be pets. Put them back where they belong. It is not our place to take animals out of their natural habitat and place mussels on them because they may “act like animals” Its terrible that people think that they can do whatever they want and they are interfering in nature because they think that it is cool or the thing to do at the time.

  15. Otis says:

    I think these guys have the bad ass animals as protection or as a weapon. A pitbull would get it’s ass eaten by these critters. So would anyone who got in the way of the master.
    Lighten up. Nigeria is the asshole of the world.

  16. meh says:

    holy crap, can you people lighten up and MAYBE open up your minds to another culture?? to the people in these pictures, this is completely normal…
    the egyptians and other ancient cultures kept animals like these as pets, so why is it so bad now??

  17. Edward says:

    I agree lighten up you guys I care more about the people and their struggles than some monkey or hyena. And do you know why we have domesticated Dogs and Cats today? Because at some point long ago this happened. Some people are way to PC and Liberal.

  18. anon says:

    Typical niggers.


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