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Spotted Hyenas are Found in Tanzania, Africa

Spotted hyenas have gotten a bad reputation. They are actually formidable hunters that rely mainly on catching their own prey - not merely stealing from others. Hyenas are Africa’s most common large carnivore. Their powerful jaws and oversized teeth enable them to pulverize bones leading to the nickname of “Bone Crushers.” They have excellent, sharp night-time vision and very good hearing. They are fast and can run for long distances without tiring. Since hyenas are mostly active at night, many of my photographs are from Busch Gardens, FL. A little sad because hyenas normally have enormous territories.

Spotted Hyenas have large territories of up to 7000 acres. A Spotted Hyena at Busch Gardens with cute round ears Female Spotted Hyenas are the alpha. Spotted Hyenas live an average of 20 years in the wild. Spotted Hyenas live in large groups called clans. Spotted Hyenas sleep huge portions of the day. Spotted Hyenas have a strong sense of smell. Spotted Hyenas are fast and can run for long distances without tiring. Spotted Hyenas are most active after dark. Spotted Hyenas hunt and kill most of their food - about 70%. Hyena cubs inherit the mother's status in the clan.