The Zoo is home to one spotted hyena, a male named Lou, born in 1992. Lou has been here at the Zoo since 1999. Keepers say Lou is playful, and he will run along the fence when people he knows are running along the outside. He also loves to play with toys, especially hard plastic balls.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.
The spotted hyena occurs in many different habitats. It can live in extremely hot and arid lowland areas as well as cold, mountainous terrains in East Africa and Ethiopia. The spotted hyena inhabits the African savannah, the desert fringe and edges of tropical rainforests.
Though often labeled incorrectly as a scavenger, the spotted hyena is a powerful hunter. The majority of its nourishment is derived from live prey. Hyenas hunt hoofed mammals such as antelope, zebra and buffalo, but sometimes eat fruits, vegetables and carrion.