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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Camelidae
Genus:Lama
Genus species:Lama guanicoe

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:176-202 cm
Height:110-115 cm
Weight:120 kg
Identification:The guanaco has a fawn brown top with white undersides. Its neck is long and thin.
Habitat:Dry open country in mountains and plains, cold and temperate regions
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, forbs, browses
Reproduction:Mating takes place in August or September. After gestating for 342-368 days, the female gives birth to her offspring. The young are weaned at 6-8 months of age. Females usually give birth every other year.
Guanacos are found in family groups consisting of one male and several females with their young.
Behavior:Because they are very good swimmers, guanacos are often seen in streams. They migrate with the seasons, spending the winter in the plains and the summers in the mountains.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Guanacos are related to the llama.

Other Information

Geographic:Central South America Date:1976-01 Subjects:Guanaco
even-toed ungulate
Lama (Genus)
Camelidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates