Striped Hyena

The Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is a viverrid mammal.

The Striped Hyena has brown-grey coarse long fur, shorter in summer, with four dark vertical stripes and rows of spots along its sides. It has a mane of hair running along its back. It has a strong body with short legs. Its hind legs (back legs) are shorter than its fore legs (front legs), which makes its back slope downwards.

It has a large head with small dark eyes and a dark grey-brown nose. It has large black pointed ears. It has a short black-tipped tail. It has extremely strong jaws. 

It grows to 85-130 centimetres (33-51 inches) in length. Its tail measures 25-40 centimetres (10-16 inches) long. 

Striped Hyena

The Striped Hyena is native to North Africa, East Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, and the Caucasus. 

It is a nocturnal scavenger, feeding at night on the carrion (meat) of dead animals. Its jaws are so strong that it can crush bones. 

It is monogamous, forming a mating pair for life. The male helps the female dig a den in the soil, raise their young, and feed them. The female has 3-4 live young, called cubs. The cubs are born with their eyes closed. Their eyes open after 7-8 days. 

The Striped Hyena can live for about 12 years.

Striped Hyena
Striped Hyena
Striped Hyena

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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