Brown hyaenas are solitary foragers, but most of them live
in groups which occupy fixed territories. Their anal gland
produces two pastes: one being a strong smelling white paste
and the other a less smelling black paste. These two convey
information relating to the movements of individuals or
It has a powerful build and sensitive hearing, but despite
this the brown hyaena is not as adept at killing as the
spotted hyaena, and generally confines itself to preying
on small mammals, birds and insects.
They are also a lot more rare than spotted hyaenas. Their
sense of smell is very well-developed, and they can detect
carcasses over long distances. From 2 to 4 young are born.