Jul 26

Meet the Diverse Wildlife Creatures of Patagonia

by in South America

¬†Although not heavily populated, numerous people from around the world journey to Patagonia to explore the beautiful land that occupies this 260,000 square mile area. But, the land isn’t the only reason why so many people venture off the visit the “end of the world.” Patagonia is also home to an array of wildlife creatures, drawing the attention of animal lovers everywhere.

While many animals that are found in Patagonia also reside in several other parts of the world, Patagonia is home to exclusive wildlife creatures that can’t be found anywhere else. These “must see” creatures are unique in both their appearance as well as behavior.

The Magellanic Penguin
While you journey through a Patagonia adventure travel, seeing the Magellanic penguin is a must. Named after Ferdinand Magellan who saw and recorded the species in 1519 while journeying to South America, these penguins are adored for their black and white coats and small to medium size. They receive their coat colors from their ancestors, the African penguin, Galapagos penguin and the Humbolt penguin. Although they enjoy setting foot on land, you can watch the Magellanic penguins dive into the water, where they prey on saltwater animals such as sardines, squid and cuttlefish. While the Magellanic penguin appeals to the interest of many, this penguin is currently considered “threatened” due to the enormous oil spills that leave many of these penguins dying each year.

The Southern Right Whale
While many whales occupy the oceans across the world, many visit Patagonia to whale watch and particularly see southern right whales. These whales have different features that separate them from other right whales, particularly the callosities on their heads. These whales carry a dark, gray-black body color with white spots and have no dorsal fin. Many enjoy watching these whales as they “sail” on the waters, using their flukes to catch the wind. They commonly act this way as a means of playing or interacting with other southern right whales.

The Guanaco
One of four camelid species of South America and Patagonia’s largest land vertebrate, the Guanaco is a wild relative of the llama and can be found elegantly grazing the many plains throughout the land, which they feed off of. The Guanaco is known as being a social animal in which they greet another member of their species with a turkey-like gobble. Also, when they sense danger, they yield a high-pitched warning call. The Guanaco is easily noticed by its thick and woolly red-brown coat and grey-black head.

Venture off through a Patagonia adventure travel and see and meet the many distinct creatures that call Patagonia their home.

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