Spotted Hyenas live in much of central and southern Africa, south of the Sahara Desert.
Hyenas are fairly large in build and have relatively short torsos with lower hindquarters and sloping backs. They have short, thick yellow-grey fur which is covered in a spot pattern. Fur colour varies greatly and changes with age
Adults have a shoulder height of 70–91.5 cm (28–36 in). Adult male spotted hyenas in the Serengeti weigh 40.5–55.0 kg (89–121 lbs), while females weigh 44.5–63.9 kg (98–141 lbs)
Spotted hyenas are the largest of three hyena species. Brown and striped hyenas are the other two.
The powerful jaws and digestive tract of the hyena allow it to process and obtain nutrients from skin and bones
Spotted hyenas are quite vocal and make a wide variety of sounds, including the “laughing” that has long been associated with their name.
Spotted hyenas have a complex social system where animals live in female-dominated clans of up to 90 individuals. To live and interact in such a large clan requires a great deal of social intelligence.
Packs of spotted hyenas can bring down an animal as large as a giraffe, a zebra, or even an African Cape buffalo. Hyenas not only prey on almost any kind of live animal they can catch — large and small — but also eat carrion