“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival”
Called a wolf and looking remarkably like a long-legged fox only adds to the mystique of this unique canid. Invariably described as a ‘fox on stilts’, the maned wolf (genus Chrysocyon – the only species in this genus) is not closely related to either fox or wolf. Its closest extant relative is the bush dog (genus Speothos). It is also very distantly related to a few others with bizarre names, such as the crab-eating fox and the short-eared dog.
But being one of a kind has not protected this species from the onslaught of encroaching agriculture and road building. A great many maned wolves are killed on the roads every year. A problem which has been addressed with introduced speed limits and local awareness, but as usual, not everyone…
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