Guanaco

INTRODUCTION

The Guanaco is a member of a camel family. Its closest relatives are lamas, camels and alpacas. Guanacos are native to South America and inhabit scrublands, savannas, forests and rocky areas, usually at high altitude (up to 13 000 feet). Since the guanaco lives in windy area, it has thick eyelashes that protect eyes from dust and dirt. Two padded feet allow easy movement across the gravel in the rocky environment.

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FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Lama guanicoe

Status:

Least concern

Size:

Up to 130 cm

Weight:

100 - 140 Kg

Life Span in Wild:

28 years

Habitat:

Dessert, shrubsland, savannas, lowland grassland, wet temperate forests, montane

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Browse, grass, fungi, fruits, flowers

Where Do I Live?

Andean foothills, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia

Do I Have Any Predators?

Pumas, culpeos (foxes)

How Do I Live?

Diurnal. Lives in groups

Why Am I Endangered?

Predation, hunted for pelts

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