Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf

Maned Wolf
Chrysocyon brachyurus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Canidae

Range

Central and southeastern Brazil, Paraguay, eastern Bolivia, and northern Argentina


Habitat

Open forest, savanna, and marshland


Diet

Small mammals, insects, reptiles, birds, bird eggs, fruits, and vegetation

Weight

About 50 lbs

Height

About 3 feet at shoulder

Gestation

55 – 65 days

Young

Avg. 1 - 3 pups

IUCN Status

Near Threatened

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Maned wolves resemble a red fox on stilts, although they are not related to foxes or members of the wolf family.
  • Their long legs enable them to see above the tall grass, which helps them hunt for food and avoid predators.
  • The maned wolf's urine has a strong distinctive smell similar to skunk spray. Like many animals, the maned wolf uses urine to mark the boundaries of its territory. Zoo visitors often smell the strong odor before they can see the maned wolf.
  • Its ears are large and long (7 inches). They rotate their ears to listen for prey animals in the grass.
  • At birth, the pups weigh around 13 ounces.

 

Conservation

The most significant threat to their population is the drastic reduction of habitat, especially due to conversion to agricultural land. They are also victim to roadway mortality.

Domestic dogs compete with maned wolves for food, spread diseases, and may even pursue and kill them. Humans kill these wolves for their body parts, believed to have magical properties.

Near Threatened

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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