The Oakland Zoo's three new spotted hyenas were introduced to the media Thursday. The trio were relocated several months ago from the Berkeley Hyena Center at UC Berkeley, where they were being studied in a research program that suffered funding cuts.
The hyenas are about 4-5 years old and are kept separated from the Oakland Zoo's two elderly hyenas, ages 20 and 24. Hyenas can live up to 35 years in captivity, and the females are larger and dominant over the males. Hyenas are in the order Carnivora, but in their own family called Hyaenidae. They are more closely related to cats than wolves.
The trio are acclimating well in their new surroundings, zoo officials said.