Visit the Hyenas, a highly skilled and successful predator, at the Edge of Africa® habitat.

Hyenas are highly skilled and successful predators. Although, hyenas are often thought of as scavengers, they are, in fact, aggressive hunters whose population in the wild is declining. Busch Gardens® Tampa is committed to protecting the future population of hyenas, and as a result, research is being conducted to explore potential breeding opportunities within the Edge of Africa® habitat.

A Closer Look

Hyenas are good opportunistic hunters and they usually hunt alone. However, in order to catch larger prey, hyenas will hunt together in clans. A hyena’s diet is carnivorous; they prey on wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo, to name a few. Hyenas are able to digest bones, horns, and even the teeth of their prey. This allows them to be efficient predators in the wild.

Ask an Educator 

Q: What is the average life span of a hyena?

BG: The average life span of a hyena is 12 years; however, some can live for a maximum of 20-25 years.

Q: Is a hyena more closely related to the cat or the dog?

BG: The hyena is more closely related to the mongoose and cat than the dog.

Q: What is the largest species of hyena?

BG: The largest species of hyena is the spotted hyena; the other species include the brown hyena and the striped hyena.

Q: In what part of the world will you find wild hyenas?

BG: Wild hyenas are found South of Sahara, except through areas with extreme desert conditions.

What is a hyena clan?

BG: Clans are the territorial social groups hyenas live in, which can reach up to 70 members and are usually dominated by females.