Striped Hyena

Meet Felix & Farrah, the newest edition to the Abilene Zoo.

Fast Facts

Hyenas are not members of the dog or cat families. Instead, they are so unique that they have a family all their own, Hyaenidae.

Once thought to be solitary, recent studies have shown that in some areas striped hyenas live in small groups of one female and several males.

Unlike their noisy cousins, the spotted hyenas, striped hyenas are usually silent. Their loudest call is a rarely heard, cackling howl.

Red Listing: Near threatened. Once numerous, the striped hyena population is dwindling and has disappeared from some areas altogether.

Meet Felix

You’ll find Felix exploring and gnawing on shank bones throughout the day because that’s his favorite treat. Curious, the fur along his spine will stand on end to show dominance.

Meet Farrah

Farrah is a bit more calculated than her partner. She tends to stay in her favorite spots waiting to see how things turn out for Felix before joining in on the fun.

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