Striped hyena is the only hyena species found in India. It is closely related to two other species of hyenas and the aardwolf. Hyenas in India inhabit a diversity of habitats, from dry open scrub to deciduous forests and agriculture fields. Although they can hunt down prey, hyenas are generally scavengers, feeding on domestic and wild carrion.
Population Trend: decreasing IUCN • near threatened CITES • appendix III WLPA • schedule III
• ID Features •
• Habitats •
TROPICAL DRY FORESTS
OPEN DRY HABITATS
• Distribution •
Estimated occupancy of striped hyenas across taluks/tehsils in India
• Score card •
Conservation score: 49 | Grade: D
Striped hyenas occupy ~40% of their potential habitats in India. Their populations may be declining. They are threatened by habitat loss, deliberate persecution by humans and road-related mortality.