Atelocynus – Short-eared dog
Unique and elusive dog endemic to the Amazonian basin
The Short-eared dog is a species of widespread yet rarely seen, near-threatened jungle dogs found in South America. Unlike other dogs, these wild dogs have developed partially webbed feet to assist them in swimming through the semi-aquatic environment of the amazon rainforest. With a population of only 15,000, these are one of the rarest carnivores in South America.
Domestic dogs are a direct threat to these canids as they transmit and spread diseases among the wild population of short-eared dogs, which includes rabies and canine distemper. Moreover, humans have also played their part by degrading and destroying their natural habitats.