It turns out that the “guará” wolf that will appear in the new banknotes of 200 reais (BRL200.1) is not a wolf at all.
Its scientific name is Chrysocyon brachyurous, a species which does not belong to the genus Canis (dogs, wolfs, jackals), or Vulpes (foxes). It is up to 1 meter tall and weighs some 50 pounds.
Its diet is composed of large quantities of fruit, plus birds, insects and small mammals.
The guará wolf was chosen for the 200 reais note because it is a species in risk of extinction.
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