Project Description

(Lama guanicoe)

Guanacos are graceful animals related to camels.

They live throughout South America in dry, open country in the mountains or on the plains. Guanaco have a calm attitude, which is why they were domesticated over 7,000 years ago to be used as pack animals. The result of the domesticated Guanaco is the llama of today.

All Guanaco have a thick, wooly coat that can be light brown, brownish yellow, or a rusty red. These colors help Guanacos blend in with their grassland and desert habitats.

Today, there are less than 600,000 Guanaco left in the wild, with 90% of them living in Argentina.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: South America

Weight: 198 - 309 lbs

Size: Up to 4.2 feet tall at the shoulder

Lifespan: 15 to 20 years in the wild

Diet: Mostly feeding on grasses, Guanaco eat tough, low-quality food in the wild and only get the moisture they need from their food.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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