HYAENA -THE TERRIBLE SUFFERING OF A SPECIES
If we think of Wildlife, we always think of Elephants, Lion, Tigers and other favored animals. But did you know that every year, thousands and thousand of Hyenas are shot and injured just for fun, and uncountable more are dying in snare traps and die under unbelievable pain?
Hyenas, if you know them, they are highly intelligent, caring for their families and helping other species to survive because they clean up carcasses and therefore avoid spreading of disease amongst other wildlife.
If you search for Hyena on the Internet you will find very little information about this impressive animal. It seems not many care of how many are there, if their numbers decrease or they are also at the brink of extinction. A lot of focus is put on Brown Hyena (Hyena brunnea) which is on IUCN Red List as well as Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyena) , and Aardwolf (Proteles cristata) while the Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) seems to be neglected.
Lots of research has been done on behaviour of Hyena species, but population counts and monitoring has been neglected. Therefore we fear, that population disappear without anyone noticing!
We request, no, demand that Organisations like IUCN, WWF as well as researchers which have the funds and means, to assure the survival of all Hyena species!
G. Kloeble, Wildlife Action Group International e.V.
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