Maned Wolf Facts and Videos !

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Maned Wolf Facts and Videos !

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The Maned Wolf is the largest canid in South America and is about one meter tall (just over three and a half feet). It has golden red fur, large erect ears and a long, pointed muzzle.

Wolf Appearance

Chrysocyon brachyurus (Maned Wolf) by sarefo GFDL

It bears a slight resemblance to the red fox even though it is in an entirely different genus. It has a mane (hence its name), which stands erect when the wolf feels threatened. The maned wolf has tall legs, probably an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its habitat. The wolf inhabits open habitats in swampy areas, low-scrub forest edges and tall grasslands.


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To communicate the maned wolves use urine. They spray urine to mark their hunting spots or places where they have buried prey. Their urine has a very distinctive odor.

Maned Wolf Hunting

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It hunts during the dark hours and rests during the day often in thick bush covered areas. It bites the prey on their neck or back to kill it and sometimes also vigorously shakes it. It is an omnivore and eats fruits, small mammals, birds, deer, reptile, insects and fish. One of its most important sources of food is the lobeira fruit. It is believed that the fruit has medicinal qualities which help against the giant kidney worm.

Maned Wolves are featured in the following book:
101 Facts… Wild Dogs, Wolves and Foxes!

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about these awesome animals. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Weird & Wonderful Animals -Wild South America – BBC
  2. The seldom heard roar-bark of the Maned Wolf by EndangeredWolf
  3. Maned Wolf by Pantanal BirdClub
  4. Maned Wolf running very fast by Pantanal BirdClub
  5. Maned wolf roar barking by Pantanal BirdClub
  6. Maned Wolf by houstonzoo


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