Friday 25 November 2022 02:20 AM Hyena plight is no laughing matter as study shows they are vanishing from ... trends now

Friday 25 November 2022 02:20 AM Hyena plight is no laughing matter as study shows they are vanishing from ... trends now
Friday 25 November 2022 02:20 AM Hyena plight is no laughing matter as study shows they are vanishing from ... trends now

Friday 25 November 2022 02:20 AM Hyena plight is no laughing matter as study shows they are vanishing from ... trends now

Hyena plight is no laughing matter as study shows they are vanishing from African savannah Hyenas disappearing from their homelands on the African savannah, study says Wild dogs and cheetahs are also being driven to extinction by habitat loss Their plight is overlooked due to focus on predators like lions, research found Study is first of its kind, based on population assessments over last 20 years

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Hyenas may be famous for their cackling bark.

But they're disappearing from their homelands on the African savannah and it's deadly serious, a study says. 

Along with wild dogs and cheetahs, hyenas are being driven to extinction by habitat loss, persecution by humans and reduced prey.

Hyenas, wild dogs and cheetahs are being driven to extinction by habitat loss, persecution by humans and reduced prey

Hyenas, wild dogs and cheetahs are being driven to extinction by habitat loss, persecution by humans and reduced prey

But their plight is overlooked due to focus on predators such as lions, research in the journal PeerJ found. 

Dr Paolo Strampelli, of Oxford University, said: 'Research effort is... biased towards lions and against striped hyenas despite the latter being the species with the widest continental range.'

The study is the first of its kind - based on a systematic review of population assessments over the last two decades.

Identifying knowledge gaps will improve conservation efforts by guiding funding, investment and priorities.

Dr Strampelli said: 'Our

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