World of Animals
The endangered Maned Wolf is not actually a wolf, but it does belong to the canine family. It is an amazing animal. To jump to a specific section, use our Quick Jump by clicking on the correct heading.
Sizes Length- 4 to 4 ½ feet
Tail- 11 to 16 inches
Height- Up to 34 inches at shoulder
Weight- About 50 lbs.
-lives in dry, shrubby forests and savannas of subtropical South America-much of this area is grassland with swampy regions that grow high, lush vegetation
-tall grass is good for cover
-usually makes den among thick vegetation, where it spends most of the day sleeping
-long legs enable it to see above tall grass so it can spot prey easily
-toes can be splayed apart to help it travel on marshy ground
-are normally solitary-when fighting, stalk around each other with backs arched and tails erect to give impression of increased size
-is a flesh eater but fruits make up half its diet-has sharp canine teeth for tearing meat and broad flat molars for crushing fruit
-favorite food is wild guinea pig found in its area-also eats rabbits, rodents, lizards, frogs, birds, fish, and snails.
-hunts at dusk and at night-usually hunts alone
-also hunts during day in areas untouched by humans
-stalks prey carefully, stopping to sniff the air and listen for preys movement-catches prey with swift, high pounce -occasionally digs mammals out of burrows
-eats quickly, bending forelegs at elbow to tear at prey