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    Hyaenidae

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    Hyenas are large, dog-like carnivores but aren't members of the dog or cat family. They are so unique that they have a family all their own called Hyaenidae!


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    Habitat

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    You can find these guys in the savannas, sub-deserts, grasslands, and the forests and mountains of Africa and Asia.


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    Lifespan

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    Their average lifespan is that of 12 years, but they can live up to 25 years.


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    Spotted Hyenas

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    Spotted hyenas are actually the largest hyenas, and can range anywhere between 4 to 6 feet in length (1.2-1.8 meters). They also can weigh up to 190 pounds (86 kilograms)! 


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    Aardwolves

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    The smallest hyenas are called aardwolves, but are not in fact wolves at all. They range between 33 to 41 inches (85 to 105 centimeter) and one-fourth of that length is just the tail! They weigh up to 30 pounds (14kg).


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    Nocturnal

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    Hyenas are usually nocturnal animals but sometimes will venture out in the early-morning.


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    Cubs

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    Hyenas usually bear litters of about two to four cubs. And the cubs are born with their eyes open!


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    Female domination

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    Female spotted hyenas are stronger, more muscular and much more aggressive than their male counterparts. This is because the female hyenas have 3 times as much testosterone in their body than the males do.


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    The "laugh"

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    Their infamous laugh is actually a form of communication to relay excitement or even frustration. The laugh is usually heard during a hunt.


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    Social intelligence

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    A study done by Duke University showed a pair of captive hyenas performed better at problem-solving and social cooperation than chimpanzees! And even more amazing, they managed to solve all the problems in silence, using only non-verbal signals to communicate.


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    A mom and her cub

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