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Maned Wolf facts
Did you know? A maned wolf is neither a wolf nor a fox. In fact, it is the only species of its genus Chrysocyon, which means “Golden Dog.” It may look like a dog but it is not a dog. If you wish to learn about other interesting facts, read on below:
- The maned wolf is the largest canid found in South America.
- The primary country where the mane wolf population can be observed is Brazil. However, the maned wolf is also found in Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Peru.
- The maned wolf can live up to 12 years in the wild, and as much as 15 years in a controlled setting.
- The habitat the maned wolf is found in is savanna, grassland, swampy areas, dry shrub forest, river areas, and forest-edges.
- The maned wolf is the tallest among all wild canids. Its long legs might have been a result of adaptationary evolution, as its native habitat consists of tall grasslands. It is very unique and intriguing much like the tibetan mastiff.
- You can spot a maned wolf by its chestnut red coat and a thick, black mane running along the back of its neck and over the shoulders. Its muzzle and lower legs are black. The throat and tail, however, are light in color.
- Although the maned wolf is omnivorous, most of its diet contains vegetable matter.