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Guanaco
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Lama
Species: L. guanicoe
Binomial name
Lama guanicoe
(Müller, 1776)

The Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is camelid animal native to South America. Guanacos are usually found in small herds or loosely structured family groups.

Description

When a member of the herd picks up the slightest hint of danger, it makes a high-pitched warning call, causing the other guanacos to flee swiftly and nimbly across the steep and uneven terrain.

Diet

Guanacos generally live at high elevations, grazing on grasses and browsing on leaves and buds. They can get by without water for long periods of time, obtaining moisture from the plants they eat.