Maned Wolf Natural History

Range & habitat
The preferred habitat for these animals is open grassland and light forests in south eastern Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, northern Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay.

the activity period for the largest canid in south america can most accurately be described as crepuscular (active around twilight), which is when it does most of its hunting.

Their preferred diet is made up of small mammals, birds, fish and a large proportion of vegetables (especially sugar cane).

their urine contains pyrazine which is also found in cannabis and hop plants. Due to this reason their odour (used for scent marking) is often likened to cannabis.

Length; 100cm

Shoulder Height; 90cm

Weight; 23kg

even though only classed as near threatened, there is a chance that they are already extinct in Uruguay. all the threats which they face in the wild are man made; from traffic to habitat loss and persecution to illnesses spread by domestic animals.


The maned wolf at Sandwich Wildlife Park

Sandwich Wildlife Park is home to a male / female pair of maned wolves.

This species has a very specialised diet, and the incorrect feeding method can cause them to develop very disruptive, and some times fatal urinary tract disorders (including bladder stones).  A such our maned wolves are given a closely controlled and monitored diet of meat, fruit and specially formulated biscuits.

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