GUANICOE), THE WILD ANCESTER TO THE LAMA lives from Peru to Chili and Argentina in mostly arid regions from sea level to the altiplano


WHAT IS A GUANACO VS LLAMA [ANIMAL]: Animals of the desert

Guanaco fact 1

The Guanaco, Lama guanicoe, is the largest of the 4 South American camel species and the forbear to the domesticated llama. Similar to the also wild vicu?s, guanacos can be distinguishes by their dark face, as apposed to the light face of the vicu?s.


Guanaco fact 2

WHAT IS A GUANACO VS LLAMA: Animals of the desert:

Guanacos inhabit arid lands, like deserts, prairies, scrublands and the Andes highlands of South America. They are most common in Bolivia, while in Argentina and Chile, they are particularly numerous in Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park as well as Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Living in desert environments from Peru to the deep South of Argentina, the numbers are still comfortably high: estimates vary between 400,000 and 600,00 animals, with numbers highest in Chile and Argentina.


Guanaco fact 3

Guanacos live in herds of up to 15 animals with a dominant male and its females, but bachelor herds may be as large as 50 individuals. When threatened, guanacos they warn with a high-pitched call. The male usually runs closes the ranks to defend his herd. They have been recorded to run faster than 50 km, even often in steep mountainous areas.


Guanaco fact 4

Like Vicu?s, Guanaco wool is soft, warm and is sold as luxury wool.  The pelts of calves are sold as a substitute for red fox pelts, which they resemble. Like llamas, the Guanaco has a coarse guard hair and a soft undercoat of about 16-18 ? which compares to cashmere. Camel species, like the Vicu?s y Guanacos, are classified among the hoofed animas their "hoofs" rather have spread out to with thick callus cushions. For guanacos these serve well when walking through sand dunes.


Guanaco fact 5

In Peru, the Guanacos live in desert areas in the highlands but also descent all the way to sea level along the coast, like in San Fernando, Pampa Galeras and Calipuy National Sanctuary.


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WHAT IS A GUANACO VS LLAMA [ANIMAL]: Guanacos thrive in deserts and arid regions. WHAT IS A GUANACO VS LLAMA [ANIMAL]: Guanacos can be distinguished from Vicu?s by their dark face and larger size.

Guanacos thrive in deserts and arid regions.

Guanacos can be distinguished from Vicu?s by their dark face and larger size.

WHAT IS A GUANACO VS LLAMA [ANIMAL]: Guanacos are the wild form of the lamas.

WHAT IS A GUANACO VS LLAMA: Animals that are the wild form of the lamas.


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