Many of us associated hyenas with dogs or cats, but actually, they belong to their own family. Hyenas belong to the family Hyaenidae. This family consists of only four existent species. Hyena is considered as the top-tier predator and their only enemy is humans.
Characteristics of Hyenas
There are four members of the Hyaenidae family, namely the spotted hyena, the brown hyena, the striped hyena, and aardwolf. Each of them has different characteristics. The spotted hyenas are the largest one with more than 4 feet long and 2.5 feet tall. The spotted hyena is also famous for its large brain than the other three. The brown hyena is the second largest with 51 to 63 inches long and 75 to 160lbs in weight. Compared to other hyenas, the brown hyena is easily distinguished with its hair. The striped hyena is smaller than the spotted hyenas and striped hyenas. The most obvious characteristic is its legs where the front legs are longer than the back legs. While aardwolf is the smallest of them all. At a glance, aardwolf looks like the striped hyenas, but smaller.
Hyenas in Their Natural Habitats
Hyenas can live well in any habitat, such as woodlands, grasslands, savannas, mountains, and any other habitat. Hyenas are known as skilled hunters that work in groups. They can bring down some large prey, such as horses, sheep, and even leopard. They eat every part, including bones. They also like to eat some vegetables, such as melons, cucumbers, peaches, and many more.
Humans VS Hyenas
Humans are the only treat to hyenas. There is an ongoing war between humans and hyenas. Humans see hyenas as a pest that like to steal their crops. Humans also feel threatened with hyenas since they hunt the livestock. Since humans see hyenas as dangerous creatures, they put poisoned meat to feed the hyenas and leave them dead. Some others believe that hyenas have great nutrition intake and a great source of medicine, that’s why they begin to hunt them down. The growth of humans’ population also threatens the natural habitat of hyenas and some hyena population has disappeared in some areas.
The rapid growth population of humans threatens the existence of hyenas. Humans build more houses, roads, judi bola, and others by opening more land. Hyenas donÕt have their own space to grow. Humans also see hyenas as a treat and hunt them down or poison them to preserve the food stock.