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.