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Maned Wolf Conservation Program

A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.

 



  


Geographic Location

Cerrado biome; Serra da Canastra region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil


Focal Species

Maned Wolves


IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species

Near Threatened




The maned wolf is the largest neotropical canid. Although under a near threat status according to IUCN, the species has been listed at least as vulnerable in the countries where it ranges. In Brazil, the intense human occupation of the Cerrado ecosystem, leading into habitat alteration and fragmentation, has been considered the main risk for the species. In addition, many people still carry a wrong perception about the species. The negative view of the maned wolf is exaggerated especially in rural areas and this leads into an endless conflict that has been drastically reducing population numbers. This project aims to improve the relationship between humans and the maned wolf by involving the whole society in its protection. By applying conservation practices and spreading information about them through the use of research, education and communication strategies their survival may be helped.

Project Mission: The maned wolf has been listed at least as Vulnerable in the countries where it ranges. In Brazil, the intense human occupation of the Cerrado ecosystem, leading into habitat alteration and fragmentation, has been considered the main risk for the species conservation. In addition, many people still carry a wrong perception about the species. The negative view of the maned wolf in rural areas leads to an endless conflict that has been drastically reducing population numbers. This project aims to improve the relationship between humans and the maned wolf by involving the whole society in its protection.

 

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Maned Wolves at Woodland Park Zoo
The maned wolves can be found in the Wildlife Survival Zone at Woodland Park Zoo, where they are neighbors to red pandas and cranes. Their location at the zoo highlights the struggles this species is facing in the diverse ecosystems of South America.