Maned Wolves

A one-of-a-kind animal threatened by habitat loss
Approximate number left in the wild
23660
% of their habitat remaining
20%
Number outside of Brazil
5,000
You won’t be surprised to know that the Maned wolf gets its name from the mane on its neck, which sticks up when it is scared. However, its name is a bit misleading: it’s not actually a wolf! It’s not a fox either, although it looks a bit like one. It’s actually a completely different species, and it’s the only one in its genus ‘Chrysocyon’. The Maned wolf is literally one-of-a-kind, that’s why it’s so important to look after it.

Maned wolves are listed as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN red list but are classed as ‘Endangered’ by other organisations. We know that they are definitely not in a good position, as like other South American species, they are struggling with habitat loss, and are threatened by human activity.

We’re working with WildCare Institute to fund a project in Misiones, Argentina, creating a biological corridor to create a safe haven for Argentina-based Maned wolves.
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Threats

Habitat reduction:

Maned wolves live in grassland and scrub forest, which is being destroyed to make farmland and roads.

Human activity:

As roads get closer and closer to their habitat, lots of wolves are lost in traffic fatalities.

Hunting:

Maned wolves are sometimes killed for their body parts, which are believed to have magical properties.

Disease:

Although they are their own species, Maned wolves are at risk from catching viruses that affect the domestic dog.

Working with

Maned Wolves

Wild Care Institute Atlantic Forest Project

YWPF are proud to be partnered with WildCare Institute. At YWPF, we support a ‘green corridor’ sanctuary in Argentina, South America run by WildCare Institute. The sanctuary, found in the Misiones province of northern Argentina, protects Maned wolves by providing a ‘safe haven’ sanctuary. We are currently funding a project to create a series of 18 educational and interactive workshops led by some of Argentina’s leading environmental professionals, including veterinarians, professors, beekeepers, and the Argentinian secretary of family agriculture. The project is designed to provide local communities with the skills and knowledge to improve their livelihoods and help local communities to treasure wildlife, by providing education and alternatives to hunting. As well as increasing enforcement measures to improve species survival. The funding is the first time the area, which comprises almost 4,000 hectares of land, will be protected and help conserve Maned wolves.

Facts

The Maned wolf is described as a ‘fox on stilts’ as it has red fur like a fox, and long legs.

Maned wolves like to go it solo when hunting, and do not hunt in packs like other wolves. They also have a very balanced diet, and are a fan of fruit and vegetables!

Seven Worlds, One Planet

We work in Misiones, Argentina with WildCare Institute

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