Order : Carnivora
Family : Hyaenidae
Subfamily : Hyaeninae
Genus : Parahyaena
Facts about the genus Parahyaena, the brown hyena
Unless in a family group, the brown hyena is solitary, but it sometimes gathers with others in a hunting pack or at a big carcass.
The brown hyena is a very close relative of the striped hyena: Hyaena hyaena. (Full text)
The Brown Hyena is rare and this one was spotted at a dry waterhole.
The Brown Hyena is one of the more elusive residents of the Skeleton Coast. (Full text)
"The brown hyena is mainly a scavenger, feeding upon carcasses of large herbivores killed by other animals". (Full text)
Diet The Brown Hyena is a carnivore which adapted to a scavenging lifestyle. (Full text)
The Brown Hyena is found across Southern Africa and is becoming rarer.
Primarily nocturnal, the Brown Hyena is a medium size animal with a shoulder height of 28 - 35 inches (70 to 80 cm) and weight of approximately 86 lbs (39 kg) kilograms or slightly more.
Brown hyena are fairly solitary animal and mainly active at night. (Full text)
Typical Kalahari species, such as gemsbok, honey badger, aardwolf and brown hyena, are therefore able to co-exist with animals more common in the eastern, better-watered regions, such as bushbuck, waterbuck and hippopotamus. (Full text)
Predators, such as lion, cheetah, leopard and spotted and brown hyena are also housed.
Spotted hyena and even the rare brown hyena are sometimes recorded here.
Fresh spoor of leopard and brown hyena are seen frequently.