VIDEO: Meet Mandazi, Busch Gardens Shows Off Hyena Cub To Visitors

By  //  August 27, 2016

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not endangered but Hyena population shrinking

ABOVE VIDEO: What a sweet treat! Meet Mandazi, a spotted hyena cub born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Mandazi, a Swahili word for “pastry,” was aptly named for his sweet personality. Visit him in Edge of Africa or on the Heart of Africa tour!

(FOX 35 NEWS)– Visitors to Busch Gardens may spot a baby hyena scampering around the park.  ‘Mandazi’ is now 20 weeks old and has just been introduced to the park’s hyena group.

The male cub was born at the park back in April to first-time mother Taziki, who was also born at Busch Gardens.

A park spokesperson says Mandazi is named for his sweet personality, using the word for a traditional pastryfound on the Swahili coast.

While hyenas are currently not endangered, Busch Gardens says their populations and habitats are shrinking in the wild due to issues like poaching, human conflict and habitat destruction.

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