Spotted hyenas are known for being fearsome enemies of lions, but unfortunately, they've received a pretty bad rap, being depicted as cowardly scavengers or slobbery, mangy, stupid poachers, but they're neither of that. They're actually very efficient hunters, taking 7 out of every 10 animals they hunt. Unlike most animals, whose packs are led by males, hyenas have a matriarchal society, with the toughest females leading the group.
Despite being found in Zoo Tycoon, they don't make a return in Zoo Tycoon 2, this time being replaced by their striped cousins. However, there have been downloads made for the spotted hyena, most famous of them at Zoo Tycoon Unleashed.