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Scientific Name: Lama guanicoe

Habitat: dry open country in mountains or plains, grass and scrubland

Diet: grass, forbs; also woody shrubs

Life span: average 20 years (28 years in captivity)

Young: 1-2 young every other year (chulengo)

Size: 115-140 kg (253-308 lbs)

Unlike its closest relative, the llama, guanacos have not been domesticated.

They live in family groups of up to 16 members, consisting of a dominant male and several females and offspring.

Like their camel cousins, guanacos are able to survive long dry periods without drinking.

They are hunted for food and their hides.

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Guanaco on Animal Diversity Web


Range: South America

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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