Baby Hyena adds cuteness to Busch Gardens

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A baby hyenea has joined the hyena clan in the Edge of Africa section of the park. Meet Mandazi:

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The 20 week old cub was born on April 3rd at the park and is being cared for by first-time mother, 8-year-old Taziki, who was also born at Busch Gardens. The 16-year-old sire, Makali, came to Busch Gardens in 2008 from The University of California Berkley’s Hyena Project which focused on behavioral research.

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While hyenas are currently not endangered, their populations and habitats are shrinking in the wild due to issues like poaching, human conflict and habitat destruction. This latest birth is part of Busch Gardens’ partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP program is to oversee the population management of select species within accredited zoos and aquariums, and to enhance conservation of this species in the wild.

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