If there is one thing that humans do well, it’s making up stories. For instance, the striped hyena is believed by many communities to be a killer of small children and robber of graves.
Not so, this secretive animal does its best to avoid human contact, but that hasn’t stopped humans. Persecuted across its rapidly diminishing range, the striped hyena is now classified as near threatened by the IUCN, with fewer than 10,000 adult individuals believed alive.
Although little is known, we believe that there is a healthy population in the areas protected by Big Life’s predator compensation program. Even so, this misunderstood animal causes little to no economic damage here, compared to its bigger, spotted cousin that is responsible for more than 50% of the livestock killed by predators.
To find out more about predator compensation, or support the program, please visit the ‘Wildlife Protection’ tab on our website.