The maned wolf derives its name from the characteristic mane on its neck which stands erect when it scents danger. Its body is covered with long, reddish-brown hair.
The mouth, the back and the tail of the animal is black. The tip of the tail, chin and throat are sometimes white. The long, almost black legs allow the maned wolf to see above the long grass while running.
Grasslands and scrub forest.
Argentina, Bolvia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru
The maned wolf eats small mammals such as cuis (wild guinea pigs), rabbits and young viscachas (burrowing rodents) as well as pacas and agoutis, both fast-running rodents. Insects, reptiles and birds are a regular part of its diet but it also eats fruits, sugarcane and other plants.