Hyaena – Brown & striped hyena
A group of hyenas might easily steal a lion’s thunder giving it a cutthroat competition
These ferocious animals are known for their violent behavior backed up by solid muscles and teeth. You might spot a messy den with bones everywhere if you decide to pay a visit.
These species are identified by hairy bodies and fur designed with stripes. However, unlike related species, the brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea) prefers to keep its fur spot-free. The front and back limbs do not line, followed by a huge head and forequarters that seem considerably more prominent than the hindquarters. These body configurations give the impression that they are continually sprinting uphill. Many myths surround hyaenas; for instance, some believe they eat children. Nonetheless, some people believe that eating striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) hearts is the ultimate source of courage.
Species in this genus
Rarest of all four hyena species; native to southern Africa
The only hyena species outside of Africa that can go 15km (10 miles) for a meal