The Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America. It is not a wolf. It is not a fox. It is not a dog, or a jackal. It is a unique mammal, often called a golden dog. The Maned Wolf has a distinctive smell, and is often called a skunk wolf.
The Maned Wolf is reddish-orange brown with long, thin, black legs, and a black mane. Its fur, called a coat, is long, with a white tuft at the tip of its tail, and a white patch under its chin.
It grows to 90 centimetres (35 inches) tall, with a tail measuring 45 centimetres (18 inches).
The Maned Wolf is found in open and semi-open grasslands in Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
It does not form packs. It hunts alone – it is a solitary animal. It is omnivorous, eating small animals, birds, fish, and vegetation.
Males and females mate for life. Females are pregnant for 60-65 days, before giving birth to 2-6 young, called pups. Pups are fully grown when they are one year old.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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