Zoo Animals

Bush Dogs

Bush dog

Speothos venaticus

At the Detroit Zoo
Male bush dog Chester arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2013 as a potential mate for female Miranda.  If breeding is successful, it would mark the first time bush dog pups have been born at the Zoo. The pair can be seen in their habitat in the American Grasslands.  Visitors often ask why the 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.


The bush dog sports long, reddish-brown fur and has webbed feet that make it an ideal swimmer in tropical rivers and wetlands.

Fun Facts

  • The bush dog has no natural predators.