These fascinating animals live in various habitats of Africa and Asia. There are four species of hyena, spotted hyena, brown hyena, striped hyena and aardwolf in order of their size with the spotted hyena being the largest. Wrongfully labelled as cowardly and timid, hyenas can actually be very aggressive and vicious killing baby lion, leopard and other predators and with spotted hyenas actually pursuing and killing 95% of their food. Brown hyenas and striped hyenas are largely scavengers and also use a lot of aggression to ward off other carnivores from their food.
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Get To Know Them
Just like humans spotted hyenas make a sound that’s just like laughter. The laugh is a form of communication that relays agitation or excitement and is often used to signal excitement over finding food and the sound alerts other hyenas of the location of a new food source.
Hyenas in Action
A lion finding himself surrounded by a clan of hyenas could be in real trouble, one can never predict how things will play out . Have a look at this amazing video from BBC Earth.
Get Up Close & Personal
Spotted hyenas have quit an appetite, with a standard clan eating an entire zebra down to the last bone in under an hour. Spotted Hyenas can eat up to one third of their body weight at one meal and their hunting skills enable them to take down animals as big as wildebeest. They are also highly effective scavengers with a very good sense of smell, smelling carrion from as far as four kilometres downwind.