Spotted Hyena

Crocuta Crocuta

Persistent hunter

Spotted hyenas are stuck with the preconception that they are the “salvors” of the Savanna, but there is less carrion on their menu than we think. The skilled pack hunters capture around ¾ of their food themselves. With their very powerful bite, spotted hyenas can even bite through and eat bones.


  • Origin


  • Habitat

    South of the Sahara

  • Diet

    Zebras, gnus, gazelles, birds, small mammals, carrion

  • Status

    least concern

  • Size

     95 to 170 cm

  • Weight

    45 to 55 kg, partly up to 86 kg

  • Gestation period

    110 days

  • Achievable age

    approx. 25 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Deceptive appearances

Although hyenas seem to resemble dogs, they are actually feliform (“cat-like”) carnivores like lions, leopards and tigers.

Did you know?

Females are the dominant sex. The “boss” and her adult daughters lead the pack.
It is difficult to distinguish between males and females.
Females have a pseudo penis and testicles.

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