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


Guanaco Facts

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 vicuñas, guanacos can be distinguishes by their dark face, as apposed to the light face of the vicuñas.


Guanaco fact 2

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, but the numbers are considerably higher in Chile and Argentina.


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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.


Guanaco fact 4

Like Vicuñas, 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 µ which compares to cashmere.


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.

Guanacos thrive in deserts and arid regions. Guanacos can be distinguished from Vicuñas by their dark face and larger size.

Guanacos thrive in deserts and arid regions.

Guanacos can be distinguished from Vicuñas by their dark face and larger size.

Guanacos are the wild form of the lamas.

Guanacos are the wild form of the lamas.


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