Lobo-Guará

The Lobo-Guará (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is called the Maned Wolf in English – the largest canid of South America, resembling a large fox with reddish fur. It is locally known as Aguará Guazú (meaning “large fox”) in the Guarani language.

The Lobo-Guará is found in open and semi-open habitats, especially grasslands with scattered bushes in Cerrado and Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Unlike other large canids the Lobo-Guará does not form packs. It hunts alone, usually between sundown and midnight. It kills its prey by biting on the neck or back, and shaking it violently if necessary. Monogamous pairs may defend a shared territory of about 30 km2. The territory is crisscrossed by paths that the Lobo-Guará create as they patrol at night.