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The Daily Beast - March 27, 2011



A trio of striped Hyena cubs stand on their play-blanket at the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters on March 24, 2011 in Nairobi where they have lived since their rescue a month ago. The striped Hyaena [Hyaena hyaena] is considered threatened in all parts of its Africa range where data are sufficient to evaluate the local status with the exceptions of Ethiopia and Kenya where it is considered a Lower Risk : 'Near Threatened' by an International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, evaluation of the year 2000. The striped hyaena has been widely hunted through poisoning, baiting traps, pits, or with the help of dogs such that it may come close to meeting a continuing decline of 10% over the next three generation. A tentative estimate of the total worldwide population size is 5,000 to 14,000 individuals. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA


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