Spotted Hyena

Where can I see the Spotted Hyena

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The Spotted Hyena is an incredible animal that is often misunderstood. They are the largest of the hyenas and have a unique spotted coat. They are skilled hunters and can take down prey much larger than themselves.

Spotted Hyenas are highly intelligent animals and are able to use teamwork to take down large prey. They are also noted for their strong vocal cords, which allow them to make a wide range of sounds including laughter. This is thought to be one of the reasons they have such a bad reputation – their laugh sounds very similar to a human cackle.

Animal population
27,000–47,000
Population
IUCN Classification
Least Concern (LC)
IUCN Classification
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Geeky Facts about the Spotted Hyena

Fact 1

The spotted hyena is the largest species of hyena.

Fact 2

They’re super-skilled predators, they hunt and kill most of their food.

Fact 3

Spotted Hyenas hold a bite so powerful that it can crush a giraffe’s bones.

Tours where I can see the Spotted Hyena

Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya

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Kenya
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
4 - Demanding

10 days from

£2,290 / person

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Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

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Tanzania
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
1 - Easy

5 days from

£1,175 / person

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