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Spotted hyenas are predators and reach speeds of 35 mph in pursuit of their prey. When hunting in packs they are capable of taking down the largest of prey.
Spotted hyenas live in clans of up to 100 individuals. Adult females weigh 160lbs and are typically 20 lbs heavier than males. The female’s urogenital system is unique among mammals; there is no vagina and the clitoris is as large and as erectile as a male’s penis.
Formerly widespread except west African forests and Congo Basin but now being actively eradicated
Open savannas, moors, steppes and grassland
Accelerating decline due to active eradication
Larger mammals; carrion if available
Further information about this animal may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for spotted hyena.