by Aaron Schubert on June 3, 2010
Animals in Australia,
Perth Zoo Animals
That’s not a hyena. It’s an African Wild Dog, also known as an African Hunting Dog or Painted Dog, Lycaon pictus.
Although hyenas resemble dogs, they are not related to dogs. This is a prevalent misconception; I’ve even heard photo safari guides telling their groups the hyena is related to the dog on youtube videos, which is pretty appalling when you consider what these tours must cost.
There are four species of hyena, the most common, well-known, and largest of which is the spotted hyena or Crocuta crocuta, also known as the laughing hyena for the giggling vocalization it makes when stressed. The other three species are the striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea), and the aardwolf (Proteles cristata). The brown hyena is particularly endangered now.
Refer to the Wikipedia articles on the African Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena for more information.
Thanks for the correction Bud – you learn something new every day
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