Lanky and lean, the mysterious, misnamed, and misunderstood maned wolf of South America is a sight to behold. Though it resembles a red fox on stilts and has “wolf” in its name, this leggy canid is in a genus all its own: Chrysocyon.
Look carefully, and you’ll see a dramatic, dark-colored mane down its back that flares up when the animal feels threatened. Unlike other canids, maned wolves lead a solitary life; although a pair may share a large home range of up to 17 square miles (44 square kilometers), each member hunts independently.
Although classified as a carnivore, maned wolves are really omnivores, and during the rainy season, they eat mainly lobeira, a tomato-like fruit from a low, spiny bush—in fact, the fruit is also called the wolf apple for this reason!
Each day, keepers give a talk and training demonstration with the maned wolves in their exhibit.