- African wild dogs are commonly mistaken for hyenas.
- Hyenas have an average life span of 12 years and can live up to 25 years in captivity.
- When lions and hyenas clash, the winner is usually the species with the most individuals.
- Spotted hyenas are the largest member of the family Hyaenidae.
- Hyena claws are blunt and non-retractile.
- In ancient Egypt hyenas were domesticated, fattened and eaten.
- The spotted hyena is a very noisy animal. It is also known as the 'laughing hyena'.