Bush dogimage credit: Joachim S. Müller

Bush Dogimage credit: Terri Hopkin
Habitat: tropical forests of Central & South America

The bush dog is one of the rarest canid species on Earth. Even though it has a wide range, spanning from Panama through Brazil & Bolivia, it is hardly ever spotted in the wild. The little bush dog was first found as fossil remains in a cave in Brazil and was though to be extinct! Lucky for us, it’s not.

They have webbed feet which make them great swimmers and they live in packs of up to ten individuals. Bush dogs mark their territory with urine; males in the usual manner, but females balance on their front legs – like a doggy handstand! You go girl.