These guys are always kind of ominous looking – like they are just waiting to kill something. The way they walk, with their heads hanging down, their huge paws, and just their overall demeanor add to this feeling. The spotted hyena is the largest of the three hyenas found in Africa. Surprisingly, although they certainly look like some kind of dog, they are actually a closer relation to the cat family! This specimen was just walking up a paved road when we first saw him. He didn’t pay much attention to us as he walked on by – maybe not so fearsome after all?