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Bush Dog

Papercraft kit : The Bush Dog with a long, stocky body and short legs.

Rare Animals of the World

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Rare animal of the world, The Amazon series No.1. The bush dog is one of the primitive species in the family canidae. Very little is known about this canid that looks more like a weasel or an otter than a dog. The bush dog is classified as “Near Threatened [NT]” on the Red List.

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Bush Dog - Animal Guide

  • Bush Dog - Family Canidae
  • Speothos venaticus
  • Body Length: 58 - 75 cm / Mass: 5 - 7 kg
  • 2016 Edition of the RED LIST categories : Near Threatened [NT]

The bush dog is one of the primitive species in the family canidae. They are covered with short reddish tan fur and have a long stocky body and short legs. With small ears and short legs, they look more like weasels or otters rather than dogs. Although very little is known about this rare animal, their behaviors are being revealed from captive observation. Most canine species are good swimmers, but, thanks to their webbed feet, the bush dog can swim very well and even dive in the water. The very social canid lives in groups of 2 to 10 individuals. They prey on large rodents such as Paca and Capybaras as well as large birds by hunting in packs. They are active mainly in the mornings and the evenings, and sleep during the day.
Bush dogs can also move very quickly backwards as if having eyes behind their head. Confronted with enemies, they run backwards to the burrow while keeping their eyes on their enemy. Just like any other dogs, they mark their territory by urinating; males urinate with a hind leg kicked up, and females do so while balancing on their front limbs as if doing handstand.


The habitat of the bush dog spreads from the northern part of South America, eastern Panama, to northeastern Argentina. The very social canid forms packs of about 10 individuals and is found in forests and savannas, particularly near the water. They inhabit burrows or hollow tree trunks. Females give birth to 1 - 5 pups and remain in the den to nurse pups while males hunt for their food. Low in population to begin with, the bush dog drastically decreased in number due to habitat destruction from land development and deforestation.

About Red List

The Red List is the material prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifying various threatened wild animals of the world and reporting their present habitat status.

The List evaluates the extinction risk level of each individual species from a biological viewpoint, but it possesses no legal power to enforce regulations concerning threatened species. The Red List is broadly employed as fundamental information in advancing the preservation of threatened wild animals.

Referring to the original Red List, the Environment Agency of Japan has compiled the Japanese edition of the List listing threatened taxa inhabiting Japan.

2016 Edition of the RED LIST CATEGORIES and classified as follows:
Extinct EX No known individuals remaining.
Extinct in the Wild EW Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range.
Critically Endangered CR Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Endangered EN High risk of extinction in the wild.
Vulnerable VU High risk of endangerment in the wild.
Near Threatened NT Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least Concern LC Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at-risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Data Deficient DD Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction.
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