I think Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way. They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).
Hyena Photograph Exhibiting features and behaviors of both canines and felines, the hyena has mystified cultures for centuries. Read more at http://all-that-is-interesting.com/spotted-hyena-laugh#7hQvbVDOSO8RLx9S.99
The Striped Hyena. This small hyena species roams the lands of North and East Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Though a nocturnal scavenger by trade, the Striped Hyena has been known to hunt small prey. Today, fewer than 10,000 Striped Hyenas exist, placing them in the ‘threatened’ category.