Spotted Hyena - Mammals

Spotted Hyena - map of occurrence

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: males 56-65kg (120-140lb), females 65-75kg (140-165lb)
Shoulder height: 0.8-0.9m (2ft 8in -2ft 11in)
Lenght: 1.2-1.7m (4ft-5ft 6in) + tail 0.25-0.3m (10-12in)
Wild population: 28.000 - 48.000 individuals
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Gestation: 3.5-4 months, 1-4 cubs
Voice: screams, cackles, growls, grunts, typical "laughter"
Identification largest of three hyena species, rounded ears, sloping
back, short tail, females larger than males, spots
become less obvious with age
Habitat: widespread in variety of habitats from semi-desert, dry bush
country to savanna and forested regions uo to 13.000ft

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The Hyena ia a vaguely bearlike large animal with a sturdy build, high shoulders, and long muscular limbs. The hyena has a large head, broad, rounded ears. It's coat is rough, comparatively short and is reddish brown to tan in color growing lighter with age. The tail and nose are black.
The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) has the strongest jaws in the animal kingdom. Of the three species of hyena in Africa, only the spotted hyena and the shy and much rarer, striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) are found in East Africa. The smaller, and even shyer brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea) occurs only in southern Africa.
Hyena are cunning and resourceful. Although usually considered scavengers (they pick over kills made by large carnivores and frequent rubbish dumps), they also hunt and kill a variety of prey.

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) - kill wildebeest amboseli
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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 70-200 mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:210 mm
exposure time:1/640 s
stativ:Manfrotto Nature 190 + MA 322RC 2
location:Amboseli, Kenya