Wildlife Up Close: Guanacos

This gallery contains 4 photos. The lesser known relative of the llama and alpaca, the guanaco is sized somewhere in between, with a similar camel-like face (and like the camel, it can spit if it is upset and/or feels threatened). Unlike the camel, the guanaco is also a good swimmer, which makes it at home on land or in the water.

Guanaco-Closeup

I am reminded of the 1999 animated flick, The Emperor’s New Groove, when I see these animals. Such a serene expression, eh? Although Cuzco was never this smooth.

Guanaco-Resting

That is one long neck and such dainty feet!

Guanaco-Full

The fur of the guanaco is comparable to cashmere. These South American natives were photographed at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on September 14.

Guanaco-Profile

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