North Andean Huemel Hippocamelus antisensis
(aka Peruvian Guemal, Taruca, Andean Deer)
North Andean Huemal, Putre, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image Putre, Chile
December 2007

The North Andean Huemel is distributed in the Andes of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and north-west Argentina. It is found at between about 3000m and 5200m on rugged hillsides where they eat grasses, moss and herbs.

North Andean Huemal, Putre, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image It appears to be fairly rare though I can't find any indication of numbers. It is less rare than its southern cousin, the South Andean or Chilean Huemel H. bisulcus which has only about 1000 - 2000 individuals left.

The University of Michigan has an excellent page on this species.

North Andean Huemal, Putre, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image
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