Sunday, July 22, 2007

The guanaco are probably the most commonly photographed animal in the park. Related to llamas, these creatures are practically synonymous with Torres del Paine. There are hundreds of guanaco. In the summer, it is common to see them in pairs or clusters, often high on the ridges. In the winter, they tend to group together more as they move into the valleys for food and water. They are quite watchful, taking turns to drink and graze while others post guard for the puma. They are also territorial, as can be seen with the two guanaco in Alex's photo fighting for dominance.