A striped hyena and its cup have been photographed for the first time in Turkey by wildlife photographer Doğanay Vural. Vural managed to capture images of an endangered mother hyena and its cub on the banks of the Euphrates River.
Vural, a 21-year-old veterinary student from Ankara, has practiced wildlife photography since he was 14. He says when he was young his father told him, “Don’t kill, immortalize,” and he brings that sentiment into his work.
Vural has spent his nascent career traveling through the Black Sea, eastern, and southeastern regions of Turkey tracking endangered animals. He knew from his research that the hyena lived on the banks of the Euphrates river and set his sights on capturing it with his lens.
“I knew that striped hyenas lived on the banks of the Euphrates River in the Southeast Anatolia Region. I went after that animal,” Vural said.