The Guanaco is a friendly camelid native to South America which migrates in large groups across Torres del Paine national park. The 2600 to 2900 strong guanaco population in the park are not camera shy and enjoy posing for EcoCamp Wildlife Safari photos.
The South Andean Deer
(Huemul) is an endangered specie and, as the national symbol of Chile
, receives special protection in Torres del Paine National Park
. It lives in high mountain forests in small groups and just 100 remain in the park. We hope the Big Five doesn’t become the Big Four!
The Andean Condor
circles throughout the Patagonian skies
looking for carrion to feast on. This vulture has a wingspan of up to 3.2m (the world’s largest) and flies menacingly overhead providing great photo opportunities.
, known as the Lesser Rhea, is a flightless bird which looks similar to an ostrich. It spreads out its large wings when running and is able to run very fast up to speeds of 60 km/h and outrun predators. It lives in the east of Torres del Paine, where EcoCamp
is located, on the Patagonian steppe.
Other impressive fauna in Patagonia includes the 150,000 strong penguin colony
on Magdalena island near Punta Arenas, Chile, where travellers can wander around and observe the penguins in their natural habitat. Austral dolphins, whales and sea lions swimming in the waters connecting the Pacific and Atlantic ocean can also be seen at the southern tip of Patagonia.
Any other species to add? Feel free to leave a comment with your additions to the Big Five!