Hyenas, also known as hyaenas are a group of carnivorous mammals of the family Hyaenidae.
Despite their apparent similarity to canines (and speculative similarity to felines), hyenas branched from the evolutionary tree over 7 million years ago, prior to the protocanid and protofelid families from which modern dogs and cats are descended. Hyenas make up their own taxonomical family hyenidae and genetically are most closely related to the civet and mongoose.
- Aardwolf (insectivore)
- Brown Hyena L. Parahyaena brunnea/L. Hyaena brunnea (scavenger)
- Spotted Hyena L. Crocuta crocuta (pack predator)
- Striped Hyena Hyaena hyaena (scavenger, omnivore)