The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are home to Sudanese striped hyenas.
The striped hyena is not considered very aggressive and usually avoids contact with other animals. However, it has been known to attack and kill people, especially children. Misunderstood and viewed as dangerous or destructive, it is poisoned and trapped for preying on livestock or raiding farms. Some people even mistakenly believe the hyena's body parts can be used as medicine for humans. Once numerous, the striped hyena population is dwindling and has disappeared from some areas altogether. The Barbary hyena Hyaena hyaena barbara is endangered.