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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by DegusInAfrica, 1 Nov 2014.

  1. DegusInAfrica

    DegusInAfrica New Member

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    Hello People,

    I'm currently studying for my masters and just wanted some help quickly. I have spent ages looking through a list of American zoo's trying to look for anywhere that has Brown Hyena's (Hyaena brunnea) just wanted to know if anyone knew American (or any) zoo's that have this species as an exhibit.

    If anyone is interested in my study don't hesitate to ask either, haha just don't want to drone on to much, but I can say its pretty ground-breaking stuff in terms of the species!


    Thanks!
    Degus
     
  2. Tim May

    Tim May Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    It’s sometime since I was last in America so am not sure about the current status of brown hyaena in American zoos although doubtless there will be people on ZooChat who can supply you with that information.

    In Europe there are brown hyaena in several zoos; the link below should be useful.

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    Berlin Tierpark has all four hyaena species: brown hyaena, striped hyaena, spotted hyaena and aardwolf.

    I would certainly be interested to learn more......
     
  3. MikeG

    MikeG Well-Known Member

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    Me too.
    I'm not aware of any American zoos that currently hold Brown Hyenas.
    Outside Europe, the species is held at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in South Africa.
     
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    Try to contact Basle Zoo, they did groundbreaking work with the species, raised several by hand and I'm sure there must be some published data aviable.
    Good luck and let us know about your study results !
     
  5. elefante

    elefante Well-Known Member

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    From what I've gathered on ZooChat it seems that brown hyenas haven't been displayed in North America. Few zoos have striped hyenas and the AZA Taxon Advisory Group only seems to have plans for spotted hyenas.
     
  6. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    To my knowledge there are no brown hyenas in North America. The only time I have seen one is at the San Diego Zoo in the early 1980's, in one of the small grottos built in the 1920's in the former Dog and Cat Canyon (to be demolished next year).
     
  7. snowleopard

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    I have visited exactly 210 American zoos/aquariums in the past 6 years and I've never seen a Brown Hyena or an Aardwolf. For such a seasoned zoo nerd that seems astonishing! I've been to around 250 zoos in my lifetime (mainly in Canada, the U.S. and Australia) and I've never seen either species EVER other than a single Aardwolf at a now closed location. Also, there are not very many zoos with Striped Hyenas but Spotted Hyenas can be found scattered across the nation.
     
  8. TZFan

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    I don't know if there are any brown hyenas in North America. They rarely bred in captivity so they never developed a base population. If there are any left, and thats a huge if, it would probably be a few animals.

    Stripped Hyenas are rare because there is no conservation need, they are solitary and nocturnal. Spotted hyenas were easier to keep so developed the following. Stripped hyenas are to be phased out to ensure enough room for the spotted hyenas. There is a pair of stripped hyenas at Jungle Cat World in Orono, Ontario but its not an AZA institution so they dont count towards the AZA population.

    The spotted hyenas also face a population problem. Many of the hyenas in North America are descendants of Berkley's clans. The population isnt huge to begin with and its genetic diversity is very weak. There is a push to get some imports in to serve as potential founders and encourage breeding among the animals with higher genetic value.
     
  9. Lizard_boy

    Lizard_boy Well-Known Member

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    Same I really want to see hyenas and I have never seen any also what's this study thing? Also I have heard there is a male and 2 females (spotted hyenas) at the Denver Zoo in America