On inspection of the local zoos in Jordan it was seen that they housed a large number of the native striped hyena. Under the law of the Ministry of Agriculture native species may not be kept in captivity in Jordan. Having checked the paperwork of the zoos and finding that not only were the hyenas being kept in terrible conditions but the paperwork was not complete. The first group of hyenas arrived at New Hope in February of 2010 and needed a great deal of medical attention and rehabilitation. Throughout the years a we have had a steady stream of hyenas come through New Hope most being found in illegal ownership.
As the striped hyena is native to Jordan all the hyenas are assessed by a zoologist and animal behaviour specialist as to the possibility of the individual hyena being released into the wild and a full rehabilitation programme is established for each one. To date ten hyenas have been rehabilitated and released into various open reserves across Jordan one being a pregnant mum whose pups were born free!