The Bakanga of the Ubangi region of the Central African Republic, is intermediate in size between a lion and leopard, and it is described as similar to a mane-less lion in appearance, with reddish-brown fur and a dappled spotting similar to a leopard, and is said to bark instead of roaring.
Bakanga is a spotted lion of Central Africa. Physical description: Looks like a cross between a lion and a leopard. It has a reddish-brown ground color and is Dappled like a leopard. Its behavior is aggressive, and it has been known to bark like a dog.
It could potentially be a new genus or species of Hyena. The family Hyaenidae of the feliform suborder of the Carnivora. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia. Despite their low diversity, hyenas are unique and vital components of most African ecosystems.