Striped hyena

The only hyena species outside of Africa that can go 15km (10 miles) for a meal

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The most common hyena with populations ranging from North Africa to India. Carrion is the primary food source for striped hyaenas, with insects, fruits, and small prey animals. They have small molars; the carnassials are responsible for crushing, shearing, and slicing. When attacked by lions or dogs, striped and brown hyenas will pretend to be dead.

Their only vocalizations are a chattering laugh and howling. Historically, they are accused of kidnappings, attacking small animals, and digging graves worldwide. As a consequence, many populations have been almost wiped out.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Algeria
50-100
Official estimate
NT
2014
Armenia
2014
Azerbaijan
2014
Benin
2014
Presence Uncertain
Burkina Faso
100-1,000
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Cameroon
100-1,000
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Central Af. Rep.
2014
Presence Uncertain
Chad
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Djibouti
2014
Egypt
1,000-2,000
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Eritrea
2014
Presence Uncertain
Ethiopia
2014
Georgia
2014
Guinea
2014
Presence Uncertain
India
1,000-3,000
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Iran
2014
Iraq
100-1,000
Official estimate
NT
2014
Israel
1,000
VU
2023
Up from ~100 on the 70’s
Jordan
NT
2014
Kenya
1,000-2,000
Official estimate
LC
2014
Kuwait
2014
Probably Extinct
Lebanon
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Libya
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Mali
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Mauritania
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Morocco
50-500
Official estimate
NT
2014
Nepal
10-50
DD
2014
Niger
100-500
Official estimate
NT
2014
Nigeria
NT
2014
Oman
100-1,000
Official estimate
NT
2014
Pakistan
DD
2014
Insufficient data
Qatar
2014
Presence Uncertain
Saudi Arabia
100-1,000
Official estimate
NT
2014
Senegal
50-100
Official estimate
NT
2014
Somalia
DD
2014
Presence Uncertain
Sudan
DD
2014
Presence Uncertain
Syria
DD
2014
Tajikistan
NT
2014
Tanzania
DD
2014
Tunisia
DD
2014
Turkey
NT
2014
Turkmenistan
2014
UAE
DD
2014
Presence Uncertain
Uganda
2014
Uzbekistan
25-100
Official estimate
NT
2014
Yemen
DD
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No