Spotted hyena

Also known as Laughing Hyena, it gets chewed a lot for being cruddy and a good-for-nothing scavenger!

You may only know them for feeding on the leftovers of other predators, but spotted hyenas are hardy beasts that can take down even the largest antelopes and wildebeest in times of need. They have good hearing and sharp eyesight and can run miles without showing the slightest tiredness.

If that’s not enough, then maybe you’d remember that they are the largest of all hyenas and have the strongest bite of any mammal that can shatter even the strongest bones to pieces. Despite being called laughing hyenas, they’re often portrayed as villains and evil with a treacherous nature.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Algeria
2014
Possibly Extinct
Angola
2014
Benin
2014
Botswana
2014
Burkina Faso
2014
Burundi
2014
Cameroon
2014
Central Af. Rep.
2014
Chad
2014
Congo-Brazzaville
2014
Côte D’ivoire
2014
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2014
Djibouti
2014
Equatorial Guinea
2014
Eritrea
2014
Eswatini
2014
Ethiopia
2014
Gabon
2014
Seasonality Uncertain
Gambia
2014
Ghana
2014
Guinea-Bissau
2014
Guinea
2014
Kenya
2014
Malawi
2014
Mali
2014
Mauritania
2014
Mozambique
2014
Namibia
2014
Niger
2014
Nigeria
2014
Rwanda
2014
Senegal
2014
Sierra Leone
2014
Somalia
2014
South Africa
2014
South Sudan
2014
Sudan
2014
Tanzania
2014
Togo
2014
Possibly Extinct
Uganda
2014
Zambia
2014
Zimbabwe
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Clan

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No