|Probably less than a thousand wild Bactrian Camels survive, deep in the Gobi Desert.|
Recent genetic work suggests that domestic Bactrians have changed enough that the wild animals
merit different species status, as C. ferus.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic.
|Vicuña near Chivay, southern Peruvian Andes.|
|Northern Guanacos, above and below, Atacama Desert near San Pedro, northern Chile.|
|Vicuñas, Aguada Blanca National Reserve, southern Peru.|
|Guanaco herd, females and young.|
|Chulengos on the park boundary - the adults easily leap the fence (below).|
|Fresh Puma-killed chulengo.|
|Despite these dramatic scenes, when we moved on after nearly an hour |
neither party seemed to have any ascendancy.
|Llamas, Machu Picchu, Peru.|
|Alpacas (and Andean Geese) near Chivay, southern Peruvian Andes.|
|Mixed mob of Llamas and Alpacas with young shepherd, near Chivay, southern Peruvian Andes.|
The Llamas have nearly bare faces.
The coloured ear tags, denoting ownership, are a part of a very old tradition.