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New Laughing Stock at Bali Safari and Marine Park

Bali Safari and Marine Park Welcomes Four Striped Hyenas to its Collection of more than 100 Species.

Bali Safari Park proudly announces another first for Bali – a cackle of Striped hyena! A much-maligned and misunderstood animal, as evidenced by their portrayal in the animated film "Lion King" by Disney.

The Park invites you to visit Bali Safari Park, to get a different, more rounded perception and deeper understanding of these fascinating and engaging animals.

There are 4 main types of hyenas: namely Striped Hyenas, Spotted Hyenas, Brown hyenas, and Aardwolves. The image most people have of the species is the Spotted Hyena that is portrayed, not altogether undeservedly, as an aggressive pack hunter who kills large-sized ungulates (hooved animals) that are pursued to exhaustion and disemboweled by a cackle of hyenas. The Aardwolf is an insectivore surviving on a diet of termites. Meanwhile, the Striped Hyena only occasionally kills for its food, acting more as a clean-up crew devouring the carcasses abandoned by other animals.

The four Striped Hyenas now happily ensconced at the Bali Safari Park are comprised of two females – Manama and Adliya, and two males – Hamad and Riffa. Preferring to live in smaller groups of one male with several females, the Striped Hyena is quieter than its laughing spotted cousin but still likes to howl and emit a chattering laugh if it so suits his mood. Typically monogamous, both males and females participate actively and jointly in the care of their pups.  Preferring to scavenge and hunt at night, Striped Hyenas usually hide in caves and dirt pits during the day to avoid predators and in order to shelter from the heat and cold.

Are Hyenas more closely related to cats or dogs? The answer is somewhat confusing, although in terms of scientific classification they are closer to felines and viverrids – the family of animals that include the civet. Although seen as belonging to the feliform category of “cat-like” carnivores, hyenas are more “dog-like” in their form and structure. Like dogs and unlike cats, they do not live in trees and have limbs made for running instead of climbing. Showing a more dog-like inclination, hyenas catch and kill their prey with their teeth rather than claws. But, only serving to add to the phylogenetic debate, the way in which hyenas groom, create scents, defecate, mate and parent their young is more consistent with other feliforms or cats.

Hyenas possess several interesting features, namely the ability to digest parts of their prey’s body that cannot be digested by other animals - such as toenails, horns, hair, and ligaments. This is facilitated by sharp teeth, strong jaws, and highly potent stomach acids. Possessing an acute sense of hearing, hyenas can hear sounds that cannot be heard by humans. They also use secretions from their anal glands to mark their territory. Like both dogs and cats, hyenas are subject to piloerection – the phenomenon that sees the hair on the center of the back become erect when angered or threatened, allowing them to look larger and more intimidating in aggressive situations.

The Bali Safari and Marine Park is open daily until 5:00 pm with night safari options available.

The Park’s collection of well-cared-for animals now numbers at more than a thousand animals across more than 100 species.

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