The Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America, resembling a large fox with reddish fur.
It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon.
This mammal is found in open and semi-open habitats, especially grasslands with scattered bushes and trees, in south, central-west and south-eastern Brazil (Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Goiás, São Paulo, Federal District and recently Rio Grande do Sul), Paraguay, northern Argentina, Bolivia east and north of the Andes, and far south-eastern Peru (Pampas del Heath only). It is very rare in Uruguay. IUCN lists it as near threatened, while it is considered vulnerable by the Brazilian government (IBAMA). It is locally known as aguará guazú (meaning large fox) in the Guarani language, as “lobo guará” in Portuguese and as “lobo de crin” in Spanish (Also called “borochi” in the Bolivian eastern lowlands and can be seen in the Santa Cruz de la Sierra zoo).
The adult animal stands 67 to 107 cm (26 to 42 in). [Wikipedia]
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