The Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is a camelid mammal in the Camelidae family. It is related to the Llama.
The Guanaco varies in fur colour, from light-brown to dark cinnamon. It has a white underbelly. Its fur is soft. Its face is grey with small, straight ears.
It grows up to 100-120 centimetres (39-47 inches) at shoulder height.
It is native to South America, in countries such as Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina, as well as the Patagonia region. It prefers steppes, scrublands, and mountainous regions.
It is an excellent swimmer, and it can also run well over rocky terrain.
It is a grazer, eating grass. Its predators include pumas and foxes. It spits when threatened.
It is a social animal, living in herds. Bachelor (young male) herds contain up to 50 individuals.
The female is pregnant for about 340-350 days, before giving birth to one live young. The baby is called a chulengo. The chulengo can walk soon after birth.
It lives, on average, for 20-25 years.
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