The Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)
The maned wolf stands about three feet tall at the shoulder and weighs about 50 pounds. It lives in central and southeastern Brazil, Paraguay, eastern Bolivia, and northern Argentina; where it inhabits open forest, savanna (it’s long legs help it see over the tall pampas grasses), and marshland.
They are omnivorous, eating small mammals, insects, reptiles, birds, bird eggs, fruits, and vegetation.
Habitat destruction is the main threat to maned wolves. They have almost no natural enemies, but nevertheless are in great danger because they needs wide, uninterrupted spaces. In addition, people kill these wolves for their body parts, believed to have magical properties. The National Zoo has been working to protect maned wolves for nearly 30 years and coordinates the collaborative, inter-zoo Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan, which includes breeding maned wolves, studying them in the wild, protecting their habitat, and educating people about them…
(read more: Smithsonian - National Zoo) (photo: Spencer Wright)
* The Maned Wolf is not actually considered a type of wolf, but is more closely reltaed to the foxes! Another fact: they have a VERY STRONG ODOR!