Vicuñas are the smallest members of the camel family, Camelidae.
These social animals live in family groups of up to twenty-five individuals, which usually consist of one dominant male and his harem of females and their young.
The male is extremely protective of his harem. He has a specialized call to warn of potential predators and he fights with other males — bouts in which, among other things, the opponents may spit at each other.
Vicuñas descend from the hills during the day to feed on grasses and other vegetation, then return to the hills to sleep.
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Guanacos are usually found in small herds or loosely structured family groups.
When a member of the herd picks up the slightest hint of danger, it makes a high-pitched warning call, causing the other guanacos to flee swiftly and nimbly across the steep and uneven terrain.
Guanacos generally live at high elevations, grazing on grasses and browsing on leaves and buds.
They can get by without water for long periods of time, obtaining moisture from the plants they eat.
The young play and romp, but when confronted by an adult male they will lay their neck on the ground in submission.
A pair of dromedary camels named Teela and Dajarra get along quite well in their sandy Australian enclosure.
Steve and Terri happened across Dajarra, an orphaned calf, while traveling in the Australian outback. Together they loaded the 4-month-old camel into Steve's four-wheel drive and took her back to the Australia Zoo.
There, Dajarra was bottle-fed 3 liters of milk seven times a day for 18 months. Aside from her daily feedings, Dajarra was basically allowed to do as she pleased around the zoo.
Order: Artiodactyla, Family: Camelidae
Ethiopian, Australian: The dromedary camel occupies arid regions of the Middle East through northern India and arid regions in Africa, most notably, the Sahara Desert. The species has also been introduced into dry and arid regions of central Australia.