The spotted hyaena is listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List as the species remains widespread and the total world population well exceeds 10,000 mature individuals.
The spotted hyaena is listed as Least Concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as the species remains widespread in Africa, and the total world population well exceeds 10,000 mature individuals. There is a continuing decline in populations outside protected areas (and even within some protected areas) due to persecution and habitat loss, although this is not sufficient to warrant listing in a threatened category.
The spotted hyaena has been categorized as a Lower Risk species by the IUCN Hyaena Specialist Group.
In addition, the group has identified this species as conservation dependent. This means that there is currently a conservation program aimed at this species, but without this program the species would most likely be eligible for threatened status within 5 years.