Rare striped hyenas on display at Naples Zoo

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, FL

— The Naples Zoo has come to the rescue of two rare hyenas.

Hector and Hera, striped hyenas from East Africa, are the newest addition to the Naples Zoo. They are now adjusting to their new permanent home after being confiscated in Miami by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

They were coming into the country from Tanzania, according to a press release.

The reason for the confiscation is still under investigation. David Tetzlaff, the executive director of the Naples Zoo, said he believes it may be that something was lacking in the paperwork.

“Striped hyenas can be found in East Africa to parts of India, so it’s a wide range,” Tetzlaff said.

It is against policy for zoos to take animals out of the wild. However, Hector and Hera were rescued and in need of a permanent home, which is allowed.

They are not the only animals to be rescued by the Naples Zoo. The black bears, adult lions, and some of the snakes were all rescued as well.

Tetzlaff said only seven striped hyenas can be found in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, making the new duo a special addition to the Naples Zoo.

“For the first couple of days, they hid underneath the shade, but now they are out and walking around which shows they are getting comfortable,” said Tetzlaff.

The hyenas will be available for public viewing on Thursday.

For further information regarding the Naples Zoo, visit their website at www.napleszoo.com or call (239) 262-5409.

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