Maned Wolf

Chrysocyon brachyurus

Maned Wolf


· Class: Mammalia

· Order: Carnivora

· Family: Canidae

· Genus: Chrysocyon

· Species: Brachyurus

Evolutionary Relationships; Closely related to Falkland Island Wolf. The Maned wolf is related closer to wild dogs.

Endangered species

Near threatened, farmers kill Maned wolfs because they are preying on chickens. People hunt Maned wolfs for food and because its is believed that Maned wolfs bones contain magical powers.


The Maned Wolf is an Omnivore. In the wild, the Maned Wolf eats insects, small mammals, birds, snails, lizards, fish, eggs, frogs, palm nuts, grasses, fruits and vegetables. In the zoo, the Maned Wolf eats, Maned wolf chow, chopped fruit, cooked vegetables and chicks or quails.


Maned Wolves can be found living in grasslands, the Savannah , swampy areas and in dry shrub forests. Maned wolves prefer small patches of the forest close to the open country.

Maned Wolf Makes Some Noise - The Rare "Roar-Bark"

Social Interactions

The Maned wolf lives in monogamous pairs, this means they have only one partner. The pair defend and share the territory, the pair doesn’t spend a lot of time together. After the pair mates and the puppies are born the female starts to be aggressive towards the male. After the puppies are born, the male does not interact with them. Maned wolfs usually hunt alone for they do not hunt large animals.

Average size and weight

Average weight of a Full grown Maned Wolf is 44-50 LBS

Average height of a fully grown Maned Wolf is around 50 to 52 inches

Interesting Facts

Average number of offspring is 3

They are about 2 years old during mating

Average life span of a Maned Wolf is about 13 years

Average life span in captivity is 15 years

The Maned Wolf is built for Running

Their young are helpless during their developing times

Use chemical communication