Bush dog

First discovered as a fossil in Brazil, before ever witnessed – it was believed to be extinct

Bonne1978

The bush dog is a rare and little-known species. They have squat bodies and resemble the appearance of mustelid dog species. Their long fur is reddish-brown with a paler reddish tinge on the head, neck, and back. Their feet are also webbed, so they are ideal swimmers in tropical rivers and wetlands.

They are primarily active during the day and rest in a den or inside the trunk of a fallen tree at night. They prey on rodents such as pacas, acouchis, and agoutis, as well as larger animals like capybaras and rheas, by hunting in a pack.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
<100
Official estimate
NT
2011
Misiones Argentina
Bolivia
>1,000
Official estimate
NT
2011
Brazil
2011
Colombia
2011
Ecuador
2011
French Guiana
2011
Guyana
2011
Panama
2011
Paraguay
2011
Peru
>1,000
Official estimate
NT
2011
Cusco Peru
Suriname
2011
Venezuela
2011

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No