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|Guanaco - Lama guanicoe|
The guanaco is a camelid found in South America, it measures about 1
metre high and weight about 95 kilos.
Just like the llama this camelid has a double coat, a coarse outer coat and a fine under coat. These animals are kept for their fibre which is extremelly soft and silky.
Guanacos have grey faces and very small straight ears, they are also very energetic and live in herds usually in large numbers.
These animals have a thicker skin around the neck which helps the males when they are fighting for their mates.
The offspring of the guanaco is called chulengo.
They can be found in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile.
Their lifespan is between 20-25 years although they are known to live longer.
Guanacos are very fast animals, their speed can reach 60 kms per hour, they need this speed to escape from their predators.