EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Spotted hyena

(Crocuta crocuta)

 Bas Aalders 
Institution:   DierenPark Amersfoort

EAZA Member Area


DierenPark Amersfoort

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List LC


Programme roles

Indirect Conservation icon  Conservation Education (non range)
The perception of hyenas in general is negative and zoos can play an important role in educating visitors about these carnivores and their role in ecosystems. To improve their image, it is required that zoos exhibit them in good, attractive enclosures.

In situ projects that target local declining populations or local populations going extinct could make advantage of support from zoos keeping hyena’s in their collections.

Programme numbers

In May 2021, the Spotted hyena EEP had 155 animals in 51 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • The EAZA Canid and Hyaenid TAG has a closed Facebook group where staff of EAZA Member institutions can discuss and find information about the species under the TAG.
  • A research article about housing and husbandry of spotted hyenas at Disney Animal Kingdom was published in the January 2021 issue of JZAR (vol. 9 no.1).
  • Zooquaria issue 106 (autumn 2019, pages 16-17) features an article about the challenges the hyena EEPs face in restoring the reputation of hyenas.
  • EAZA published its 2021 Annual TAG Report.

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