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half billion guanacos?
"When the Europeans first arrived in South America, there were an estimated half billion guanacos..." This seems unlikely. Vandalism?22.214.171.124 18:49, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
Doing censuses of wild animals living high in the mountains was top priority for those first Europeans. Those estimates are what they are: someone's estimate. Redland19 (talk) 20:17, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I know that they obtain water from dew, but I have never heard of them obtaining nutrients from this. The referenced articles do not mention nutrient gain either. This "fact" needs to be properly referenced or removed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 15:32, 29 October 2009 (UTC)
You are unaware then that the dietary intake of minerals [nutrients] is primarily through water consumption.
"In terms of mineral nutrients intake, it is unclear what the drinking water contribution is. Inorganic minerals generally enter surface water and ground water via storm water runoff or through the Earth's crust. Treatment processes also lead to the presence of some minerals. Examples include calcium, zinc, manganese, phosphate, fluoride and sodium compounds. Water generated from the biochemical metabolism of nutrients provides a significant proportion of the daily water requirements for some arthropods and desert animals, but provides only a small fraction of a human's necessary intake. There are a variety of trace elements present in virtually all potable water, some of which play a role in metabolism. For example sodium, potassium and chloride are common chemicals found in small quantities in most waters, and these elements play a role in body metabolism. Other elements such as fluoride, while beneficial in low concentrations, can cause dental problems and other issues when present at high levels." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 01:12, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
The section on behavior has this curious sentence: "To protect their necks from harm, they have developed thicker skin on their neck, a trait still found in their domestic counterparts, the llama, vicuña, and alpaca." But the vicuña is not a domestic animal, it's a wild species. I would change the article, but I would first like to know if the vicuña shares this trait with the guanaco. Does anyone know? (It might help if we had a reference.) —MiguelMunoz (talk) 19:39, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
"Lamma glama guanicoe"
The Guanaco's Other Predator
Foxes prey on Guanaco also <South American fox confronts prey eight times its size>
See Also Section?
Any particular reason why the parasite genus "Skrjabinema" is listed under "See Also?" There doesn't seem to be a particularly noteworthy connection between the two (the other article briefly mentions that the one species in the genus is a Guanaco parasite); if anything belongs in See Also, I'd say it'd be a relative of the Guanaco or a similar animal, such as the Llama or Alpaca. I've added those to the "See Also" section for the time being, feel free to undo it if you disagree. Cheers, Zaldax (talk) 12:40, 2 August 2012 (UTC)
300 in Captivity = Domestication?
The article states that there are roughly 300 domesticated guanaco living in captivity in US zoos, as well as approximately 200 registered in private herds. While I don't doubt the accuracy of those numbers, do these animals really meet the criteria for true domestication? (Note: I used the "[dubious ]" template because, to my knowledge, there isn't a template for challenging diction.) Cheers, Zaldax (talk) 12:56, 2 August 2012 (UTC)
Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)
In the next phrase it seems that Torres del Paine National Park is in Argentina, but this is a chilean National Park:
- "In Argentina, they are more numerous in Patagonian regions, in places like the Torres del Paine National Park, and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego"
Also Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego is shared between this two countries. I suggest change this to "In Argentina and Chile, they are ...."
Population and Distribution
The article says-
>>The guanaco is a vulnerable animal native to the arid, mountainous regions of South America<<
-either this, or the conservation status, listed as of Least Concern, is inaccurate.