An alert looking maned wolf sitting on grasslands

Maned wolf

Maned wolves have the most incredibly long legs, a characteristic that helps them see above the tall grasses of central South America. They hunt mainly at night and during dusk and dawn hours, while the days are spent dozing in areas of thick bush cover. Unlike other wolves that live in packs, maned wolves are solitary. Mated pairs share a home range but remain fairly independent of each other at all times except during the breeding season.

Scientific name: Chrysocyon brachyurus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Maned wolf taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Maned wolf can be found in a number of locations including: South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Maned wolf distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Unknown

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1