The Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is a species of hyena native to North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. It is also the national animal of Lebanon.
It is the smallest of the true hyenas. The Striped Hyena is a monogamous animal, with both males and females assisting one another in raising their cubs. A nocturnal animal, the striped hyena typically only emerges in complete darkness and is quick to return to its lair before sunrise.