Scientific Name: Crocuta crocuta
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The spotted hyena, also known as the laughing hyena, is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is listed as being of least concern by the IUCN on account of its widespread range and large numbers estimated between 27,000 and 47,000 individuals. The spotted hyena has strong developed forequarters and fairly under developed hind quarters. The color of the coat can varies from greyish-brown to a yellowish-brown with an irregular pattern of deep brown to almost black spots on the body. This pattern is less distinctive on the legs. It has a short to medium length mane of reddish – brown color.
Average weight of the male 110lbs and the female 123lbs. Shoulder height averages at about 32in and they have a life expectancy of about 10 years.