Despite their somewhat wolf-life appearance, the closest relative to hyenas are cats, mongooses, and civets, all of which make up the Feliformia suborder. However, they do share some traits with canines, such as catching prey with their teeth rather than their claws.
Scientific Name: Family Hyaenidae
Characteristics: Although hyenas have a reputation in many cultures as being frightening and evil, we promise there’s nothing malicious about this figurine! Painted by hand and crafted with immaculate attention to detail, this life-like model is exceptional as a tool for play or education.
Size and Color: Hyena coloration differs drastically between the four existing species. This model depicts the spotted hyena, which has dark, sandy brown fun with black trim and spots. Standing 2.5 inches tall and 4.25 inches long, this figurine is a touch shorter than a soda can resting on its side.
The Hyena is part of the Wild Safari® Wildlife collection.