National Animal of Burundi

National Animal of Burundi

The national animal of Burundi is the Hyena. The Hyenas are more than the carrion-eating villains of The Lion King. Burundi’s National animal, the Hyenas and lions often fight over the same territories and hunt the same prey. They are social. A study done by Duke University showed that hyenas performed better at problem-solving and social cooperation than chimpanzees. And having some reason like that the hyenas are considered as the national animal of Burundi.

The hyenas are living in a group called clans with 80 members according to the National Wildlife Foundation. The spotted females Hyenas are 10 percent heavier than males, according to the San Diego Zoo. The Hyenas are frolics freely in the Burundi’s many lush forests. national animal symbol of Burundi, the Hyenas frolics freely in the nation’s many lush forests.

Facts about the National Animal of Burundi (Hyena)

  • Common Name: Hyena
  • Trinomen: Hyaenidae
  • Found in: Asia, Turkey, Russia, south to the Indonesia.
  • Habitat: Grasslands, forests.
  • Average height: Spotted hyena: 2.3 – 3 ft.
  • Average length: 51 to 63 inches 
  • Average Weight:  Spotted hyena: 98 – 140 lbs
  • Average Lifespan: 12 years in wild
  • Average Speed: 51 to 63 inches
  • Lives in: Grasslands and forest.

The female Hyenas are not largest than male, more aggressive and also more dominate to their clans. All females are rank higher than the males in the clans. Hyenas and lions often fight over the same territories and hunt the same prey. They steal each other’s food and kill off the young of their enemies. They can run with speed up to 60kmph. They are known to take advantage of other animals’ kills for easy meals. They also hunt and fill their diet with wildebeest, antelope, hippos, birds, jackals, lizards, fish, snakes, foxes, porcupines, eggs and insects.

For being social, opportunists, having the bravery to get the kings meal, the hyena is the perfect choice to be a National Symbol of Burundi.