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Exmoor Zoo receives rare Maned Wolves


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Exmoor Zoo receives rare Maned Wolves
Author: Nakoowolf
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The endangered species, the Maned Wolf has found a new home at the Exmoor Zoo, near Bratton Fleming.  A Maned Wolf looks like a cross between a Wolf, African hunting dog and hyena.  It is sometimes called the "stilt legged Fox".  They are tall and have long legs which allow them to see over savannah grass.  The most unique part of the Maned Wolf is it's gorgeous long flowing black mane.  For full article, click here.



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Author: muskyhusky
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Chrysocyon brachyurus
MAMMAL
Order Carnivora

Description
Head and body length: 1-3.5 feet, 2.5 feet high at shoulder. Tail: 18 inches long. Weight: 50 pounds. Red coat with black legs, muzzle and "mane" (patch of long, erect hairs across the shoulders); white under chin, inside ears and tip of tail. No underfur. Pups born black with white-tipped tail. Largest canid in South America.

Range
Central and southern Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, eastern Bolivia and southeastern Peru.

Status
This species is listed as endangered, and commercial trade of this species is regulated by international law. Its range has decreased dramatically in recent years, in part due to hunting, but also due to disease. Because it is so rare, any habitat destruction in its current range would have an extremely adverse effect on its numbers. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan.

Habitat
Marsh, grassland and scrub forest.

Niche
Omnivorous opportunist: feeds on small mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, as well as insects and seasonally available fruit. Usually nocturnal and shy, but will be active during the day in areas uninhabited by humans. Solitary territorial pairs appear to be monogamous, but avoid each other except during the breeding season. Zoo animals are kept successfully in pairs.

Life History
Between 2-5 pups are born blind, usually June-September. Litter is weaned after 15 weeks and pups mature after about 1 year. Young are raised in a den made in tall grass or thickets. Males help to care for young and will regurgitate food for them in captivity, but little is known of parenting behavior in wild pairs. Captive life span 12-15 years.



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Thanks for the info and picture, Muskyhusky!  Wink

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