Striped Hyena

By M.W.

Description

The Striped Hyena:


  • Mammal
  • Fur covering
  • Adults weigh from 57-90 pounds
  • Height: 2.2-2.5 feet (66-75)
  • Length: 4-5 feet.
  • Communicates by giggling, growling, whimpering, and jekkering.
  • The striped hyena is characterized by having stripes like a zebra, pointed, sharp ears, round face, small eyes, and fluffy, shaggy tail.


Food Chain and Habitat

  • The striped hyena is an omnivore scavenger, its diet ranging from:
    Vegetables to fruit, and to human originated organic waste.
  • The Striped Hyena usually scavenges its food off other kills made by lions or spotted hyenas and discarded livestock carcasses.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the hyena does not steal livestock daily from farms. This belief causes hyenas to be treated as pests, hunted, and killed.
  • Hyenas live around the north and east Africa, Middle-East, Middle, and South Asia, as well as the Indian Subcontinent.
  • They live in "thorn bush country", and open habitat. The temperature there is dry and mildly-hot.
  • Hyenas live in dens until they're old enough to travel with their mother.

Adaptations

  • The Striped Hyena lives in a region where food, and resources are scarce. They have to compete with other animals for food.
  • To face this problem, the striped hyenas are adapted to eat a wide variety of things.
  • Hyenas' wide variety of food makes it so that they can survive eating off anything they can find, granting them better survival in their environment.

Reasons for Endangerment and Critical Information

  • Striped Hyenas are quickly becoming extinct. They are finding less food to scavenge, and are being widely hunted, being considered pests.
  • Due to the decline of predators in the east-African region, the hyenas cannot find enough carcasses to scavenge. Though they can hunt and kill prey themselves, hyenas still depend on other predators to scavenge dead carcasses from.
  • Hyenas are considered pests; they are thought to steal livestock from farms or eat children. Thus, they are often killed by farmers using poisoning, baiting, traps, and pits.
  • Some people even use hyena parts are "medical" or "healing products", as well as for fur coats.
  • Today, the worldwide population is around 5,000 to 14,000 hyenas.
  • Since little is known about the striped hyenas, to help conserve them, scientists need to do more study on the biology of the species.
  • Hyenas can be placed in zoos, and kept away from poachers.
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