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Hyena information, facts - classicanimal

Hyena is a large-sized mammal species native to Asia, Africa. It is a member of the family Hyaenidae. Those carnivore mammals are one of the dangerous predators in the world. They can be found in savannas, grasslands, woodlands, forests, mountains and feed birds, lizards, snakes, insects, mammals.

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Their scientific name is Hyaenidae. The common name comes from the Korean word, which means 'integrity'.

Common Name: Hyena
Scientific Name: Hyaenidae


Hyenas belong to the family Hyaenidae. It is a species of mammal. There are 4 species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'. But thier population decreasing due to habitat loss.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Hyaenidae
Number of Species: 4
Group: Mammal
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Hyena is found in Asia, Africa. They are habitats such as savannas, grasslands, woodlands, forests, mountains.

Living Locations: Asia, Africa
Habitat: Savannas, Grasslands, Mountains


Hyena is a large-sized mammal species and its whole body is covered with fur. They have a large head with a long, thick, muscular neck. They have very powerful jaws that give them the strongest bite in the world. Their front legs are larger than the back leg. Males are larger than females. An adult length is around 95 cm to 170 cm. Their weight is around 40 kg to 64 kg. They can run at speed of up to 64 km/h.

Color: Black, Brown, White
Weight: 40 kg to 64 kg (Approx)
Size: 95 cm to 170 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 121 cm to 160 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 64 km/h (Approx)


Hyena is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat fish, birds, insects, lizards, snakes, mammals.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: FishBirds, Insects, Lizards, Mammals


Hyena has some natural predators like lions, leopards, crocodiles.

Predators: Lions, Leopards, Crocodiles


Their lifespan is up to 12 years in the wild. Hyena is a nocturnal animal. But sometimes they can be seen in daylight. They are to live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 12 Years
Lifestyle: Nocturnal
Group Behavior: Small group


At the age of 3 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the gestation period lasts around 90 to 110 days and borns two babies in a breeding season. The young are called cubs. Those young spend 1 year with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 3 Years
Gestation Period: 90 to 110 Days
Average Litter Size: 2
Baby called: Cub
Age of Weaning: 1 Year


  • Hyenas are the most intelligent hunters.
  • They have powerful jaws in the world.
  • They are very popular for their laughing.
  • They look like dogs but are not the same.



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