Never heard of the maned wolf? You're not alone. As one of the most unique mammals on the planet, the maned wolf does not get the recognition it truly deserves. In fact, maned wolves are so unique that many scientists believe the species is the lone survivor of the large South American canids that went extinct during the Pleistocene era.
To this day, the maned wolf can be found walking within South American savannas. Their 3-foot tall stature, attributed to their long legs, helps them see above the tall grasses, a characteristic advantage in hunting. But their size as the largest known wild canid is not the only basis for their one-of-a-kind reputation.
Here are some fascinating facts about the misnamed, and often overlooked, maned wolf:
1. They are not actually wolves.