Hyaena hyaena sultana
Gray-brown coat with black stripes; black muzzle and ears; forelegs longer than hind legs; strong jaws capable of crushing bones, used to consume parts of carcasses uneaten by other animals. Unlike the spotted hyena of Africa, the striped hyena is mainly a scavenger, not equipped to kill large prey. Hyenas are unnecessarily killed by people because of their fearsome appearance.
Nocturnal and nomadic. Lives in small family groups, but hunts alone. Exhibits intelligent social behaviors.
Feeds on carcasses or hunts small animals such as insects, lizards, and rodents. Supplements its diet with fruit.
Endangered species. Occurs in dry areas near water sources, including Azraq, the Dana Nature Reserve, the Mujib Nature Reserve, and parts of central Jordan.