No, nobody taught a skulk of foxes how to use stilts. Learn about the maned wolf on this Wildlife Wednesday.
So, they’re not foxes and, just to make things confusing, maned wolves aren’t actually wolves, either. This dainty-legged creature actually has a genus all of its own (Chrysocyon).
Maned wolves are found in the South American countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru. They can most often be found weaving their way through grasslands, wet fields, and woodlands with an open canopy.
Why are they threatened?
Major threats to maned wolves include habitat loss due to conversion of fields to agricultural land, habitat fragmentation, and “altercations” between wolves and vehicles. Dogs also pose a threat to the wolves, as they may attack maned wolves and might also pass on diseases to them.