Spotted Hyena

(Crocuta crocuta)


The Spotted Hyena is an omnivorous predator that lives in the middle and southern regions of Africa. Their main diet consists of the remains of any animal that recently died, or anything they can kill. They are the largest of the three hyena species, and live in clans that include up to 80 hyenas. They can live up to 25 years in the wild, and can weigh up to 190 pounds.

Population and Endangerment issues

The Spotted hyena is nowhere near being endangered despite their population lowering from hunting, trapping, and poisoning. It is said that there are so many around towns and villages that the people leave their dead for the hyenas to consume. They are often known for raiding villages and towns for food, and are fearless while doing it.