Hyenas are found throughout all of Africa. They often come in contact with humans. They are fierce creatures that kill almost all of their food on their own and scavenge from larger animals like cheetahs. There are two different types of hyenas, dog-like and bone-crushing. Dog- like hyenas thrived for millions of years but are now extinct. Scientifically they are closer to filene's than dogs but they are more canine in nature. There are three different species of hyenas with the spotted being the largest group and brown and striped hyenas making up the rest. Hyenas live in groups of up to 80 called clans. They are seen often in folklore and mythology.