Guanaco, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine


Due to the low productivity of the tundra and scrub forest habitats animals are not very common. This guanaco (Llama guanicoe) is a member of the camel family (Camelidae) and is a remnant of the Pleistocene megafauna. Most of the members of this family died out after the last ice age, leaving only the two species of camel in the old world and the guanaco and the vicugna (a smaller relative) in the new world.

The guanaco is the wild predecessor of the domesticated llama.

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