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Spotted hyenaSpotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta


Average size: 110 - 190 lbs. / 34 - 59 inches

Average lifespan: Up to 25 years

Range/distribution Map

Range map

Habitat description: Spotted Hyenas can be found throughout Africa in almost any environment. These include savannahs, grasslands, woodlands, and subdeserts. The only area they are not found is in forests, but may be found on the edge of forested areas.

Behavior: Spotted Hyenas live in related groups known as clans. Though known primarily as scavengers, they can also be skilled hunters. They will eat any animal they can take down, but primarily target small, sick individuals.

Current news/event & conservation status: Spotted Hyenas are considered to have a low risk in regards to conservation status. However, their numbers in the wild appear to be declining rapidly. This is due to a combination of killing and capturing to be sold as pets.

Fun Fact

Spotted Hyenas are the largest of the three hyena species found in Africa. The females are bigger than the males, and are dominant over them.