Is it a red fox on stilts or an elegant, long-limbed wolf with a fox’s face? If you find yourself face-to-face with a maned wolf, then you can be forgiven for having these questions run through your mind. Maned wolves are a South American canid that are not in the genus Canis, but rather in the related genus Chrysocyon. For a truly vivid account of a maned wolf encounter, click on this BBC Program, Saving Species, then click on the “Listen Now” option for episode 31. The program is about 30 minutes long, but around 18 minutes and 30 seconds is a segment on the maned wolf. The narrator visits a monastery in Brazil where maned wolves emerge from the surrounding forest to take strips of meat right out of a priest’s hands. The first part of the story is a whispered affair where the narrator tells listeners about two maned wolves approaching the monastery for food. His descriptions are first rate. The second part talks about maned wolf habitat threats (agriculture and clearing of grasslands and woodlands). This second portion features an interview with Claudio Sillero, a canid conservationist at the Univ. of Oxford in the zoology department and chair of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group. Enjoy.