Maned wolf , Chrysocyon brachyurus , rare large-eared member of the dog family Canidae found in remote plains areas of central South America. The maned wolf has a foxlike head, long reddish brown fur, very long blackish legs, and an erectile mane. Its length ranges from to cm 50 to 52 inches , excluding the 30—centimetre tail. Its shoulder height is about 75 cm, and its weight is approximately 23 kg 50 pounds.
Its former range included parts of Uruguay and Argentina. Chrysocyon brachyurus is found in grassland, savanna, dry shrub forest, swampy areas, forest-edge habitat, and river areas. Chrysocyon brachyurus is a stunning animal. The largest of all South American canids, it stands almost one meter tall at the shoulder and has a long, golden-red coat. Head and body length ranges from to mm and tail length from to mm. The long thin legs, which may serve to help the maned wolf to see above tall grass, grade from red to black at their lower portions.
Here's an animal that'll break your brain. The partnership between humans and domestic dogs is an incredibly old one; some archaeologists think it could've started as far back as 40, years ago. That gave most cultures plenty of time to form a stereotypical image of what wild canids — the group containing dogs, wolves and their kin — "ought" to look like. Well the maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus doesn't give a hoot about our preconceptions. Compared to the foxes, coyotes and retrievers many folks are used to, its body plan seems exotic and extreme. Not only is this the largest canid found in South America, but it's also unusually tall, standing almost 3. The maned wolf bestrides the continent on legs so long and so slender you'd swear the creature is part gazelle or werewolf! Native to Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, northern Argentina and eastern Brazil, the maned wolf frequents a wide range of habitats. It's got a preference for open spaces, as the species is often observed in grasslands and savannahs.
Canis brachyurus , C. The maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus is the largest canid of South America. It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon meaning "golden dog". Its long, thin legs and dense reddish coat give it an unmistakable appearance. The maned wolf is a crepuscular and omnivorous animal adapted to the open environments of the South American savanna , with an important role in the seed dispersal of fruits, especially the wolf apple Solanum lycocarpum. The maned wolf is a solitary animal. It communicates primarily by scent marking , but also gives a loud call known as "roar-barking". This mammal is found in open and semi open habitats , especially grasslands with scattered bushes and trees, in the Cerrado of south, central-west, and southeastern Brazil ; Paraguay ; northern Argentina ; and Bolivia east and north of the Andes ,  and far southeastern Peru Pampas del Heath only.