Bush Dog

Bush dog

Speothos venaticus

At the Detroit Zoo
Male bush dog Chester, born in 2009, can be seen in his habitat in the American Grasslands.  Visitors often ask why bush dogs run along the same path in their habitat.  Since bush dogs are small carnivores found in dense brush, they usually map out trails by scent marking.  Continued travel over those areas cuts out a path in their territory, which is tied into multiple burrows constructed by the bush dogs.


Bush dogs sport long, reddish-brown fur and have webbed feet that make them ideal swimmers in tropical rivers and wetlands.

Fun Facts

  • The bush dog has no natural predators.