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Hyena Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Hyaenidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Crocuta
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Crocuta Crocuta
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
63.5-89cm (28-35in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
41-86kg (90-190lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
60km/h (37mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
20-25 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Pack
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Brown, Tan, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Wildebeest
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Open savanna plains and grassland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
3
Main Prey:Wildebeest, Monkey, Birds
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Lion, Leopard, Crocodile
Special Features:Long front legs and laugh like calls

Hyena Location

Map of Hyena Locations
Map of Africa

Hyena

The hyena is a carnivorous dog-like species of animal, native to parts of both Africa and Asia. There are four known species of hyena, the spotted hyena, the striped hyena, the brown hyena and the aardwolf.

Hyenas are scavenger mammals meaning that the hyena tends to eat another animals kill, rather than the hyena actually catching its own food. The hyena is well known for its cackling laugh-like scream, which the hyena is believed to use in order to alert other hyenas of a source of food. This hyena call is thought to be able to be heard by other hyenas for up to three miles.

The hyena is a remarkably intelligent animal. Hyenas are thought to have being compared to primates and humans in the evolutionary status of the hyenas brain.

All four hyena species have a bear-like stance as the front legs of a hyena are longer than the back legs of a hyena. The striped hyena, the brown hyena and the aardwolf all have a striped mane on the top of the hyenas neck that stands up when the hyena is frightened. The main of a spotted hyena is considerably shorter and appears to stand on end the majority of the time.

Despite the hyenas once large range across Africa and parts of Asia and Europe, all four hyena species are today found mostly in the African Savannah. The only exception to this is that the striped hyena is often seen roaming in the jungles of India, and western Asia.

The hyena is said to be one of the most abundant large carnivores on the African continent and the hyena is often viewed as an irritant by other large carnivores who actually make a kill that is then stolen by a hyena pack.

The only animal that will hunt and kill a hyena intentionally is a human being. Humans and hyenas have a long history of conflict ranging from hyenas killing livestock for an easy meal and the fact that humans used to believe that hyenas were related to witchcraft and supernatural activity, naturally making the human very wary of the hyena.

Hyenas group together in packs with the den of the hyena pack generally being in the center of their territory. The hyena pack will tend to hunt for food as a group and the hyena is exceptionally strong jaws in relation to the body size of the hyena.

Hyena Comments

Tyrell
"Awesome"
ivan
"so cool"
Anonymous
"so cute"
ryan
"who laud do Hyena laugh "
This helped me
"This helped me on a report"
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 22nd February 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
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