Question: Can Hyenas Be Tamed?

View all

Can spotted hyenas be tamed?

There are historical accounts of tamed hyenas being kept as pets; there is also archaeological evidence that striped hyenas were tamed by the Ancient Egyptians for use in hunting. You can keep a hyena as captive wildlife (depending on local law and permitting), but not as a pet.

Can we domesticate hyenas?

A hyena is a wild animal, and cannot be a pet or “a domestic animal”—it takes many generations of dedicated breeding to make the genetic changes necessary to domesticate a wild animal, and not all wild animals can be domesticated. If you want a pet, visit an animal shelter.

Are hyenas aggressive?

The reputation of the hyena as a coward is unfounded and hyena are aggressive competitors in the bush, not only scavenging on the kills of other animals as it is often believed. They kill and eat baby lion, leopard and other predators. Hyena have ‘creepy greeting ceremonies’ where both females and males have erections.

Is a hyena a dog or a cat?

No dogs here! Hyenas are not members of the dog or cat families. Instead, they are so unique that they have a family all their own, Hyaenidae. There are four members of the Hyaenidae family: the striped hyena, the “giggly” spotted hyena, the brown hyena, and the aardwolf (it’s a hyena, not a wolf).

Can a hyena breed with a dog?

Dogs are Canis lupus familiaris while hyenas are Crocuta crocuta. They are different species and can not interbreed. Hyenas are more closely related to cats than canines despite their appearance. There are over 400 breeds of dogs so far.

Can hyena kill a lion?

Unlike wild dogs, a hyena can break out of a snare. In groups, hyenas have been known to kill lions. But it’s not just their brawn that has contributed to hyenas’ success as a species.

Do hyenas howl?

Unlike their noisy cousins, the spotted hyenas, striped hyenas are usually silent. Their loudest call is a rarely heard, cackling howl. Hyenas can hear sounds that human ears cannot, and they listen for sounds from other predators that may lead them to a kill that is miles away.

What are hyenas known for?

Spotted hyenas are famed scavengers and often dine on the leftovers of other predators. But these hardy beasts are also skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope. They also kill and eat birds, lizards, snakes, and insects.

Do hyenas eat a lot?

They can consume 30,000 termites every night. The other hyena species are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. They are known to take advantage of other animals’ kills for easy meals, but they aren’t just scavengers. The size of the meal often is determined by how large the hyena’s clan is.