Striped hyaena – Twycross Zoo

Target: Twycross Zoo,

I am a big fan of Twycross Zoo and believe they have done some great work over the years, particularly with their apes but it’s become impossible to ignore the Striped Hyaena enclosure, which in my opinion is too small and empty to be called a home for any animal, let alone an animal as big as a Hyaena.

On it’s own (in fairness they are often solitary animals) the Striped Hyaena paces from one side of its cage to the other, it does this all day judging by the path made in the grass, which shows the distinct lack of stimulation within this enclosure. The cage itself can be no bigger than 30X10ft (estimated), which, considering Hyaenas have been known to have territories of 20+ sq mi seems particularly small and seems to be having a negative effect on the animal.

What I believe Twycross should do is invest in its enclosure to make sure that it has enough freedom to enjoy itself or if that is not in line with their budget they could look to transfer it to a facility such as East Midlands Safari, where it would be able to live more like an animal than an exhibition, if that would be possible.

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