Guanacoes are a camelid native to South America and are the parent species of the domesticated llama. Guanacoes vary little in colour ranging from a light brown to dark cinnamon and shading to white underneath. Their fleece, like the llama, is double-coated with coarse guard hairs on the outside and a soft undercoat which is prized for its soft warm feel and found in luxury fabric. The guanaco’s fibre is valued second only to that of the vicuna. They stand between 1 – 1.2m tall and can weigh anything from 90-140kg with a lifespan of 20-25 years.
Here at Claddach we gained our first small herd of guanacoes in August of 2017 and they are already proving a big hit with our visitors especially as they love to be hand-fed carrots.