Promote communication and education

for understanding, evaluating, and conserving, valuation and conservation of natural populations and their habitat.

Conservation and sustainable use

of South American wild camelids.

Provide scientific-technical information

for long-term planning, management, protection and conservation.

Influence technical and political decision making

by providing recommendations based upon scientific information.

Development and implementation of sustainable use strategies,

with emphasis on animal welfare and the impact on local socio-economic communities.

GECS NEWS Magazine

GECS News is an annual publication of the South American Camelid Specialist Group (GECS), which is part of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The magazine is intended for the dissemination of knowledge and news that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of wild vicuñas and guanacos. [+]


Revista GECS News


What is the GECS

The GECS (South American Camelid Specialist Group) is one of more than 100 volunteer expert groups in the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Our group works along with more than 7,000 volunteers of the SSC, all working together towards achieving the vision of “A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity”. (+)

Especies. Vicuña
Photo: Gabriela López
Especies Guanaco



The Guanaco is the wild South American ungulate with the broadest geographical distribution. The Guanaco is found in northwestern Peru (8°S), in the western and southern Bolivia, northwestern Paraguay, and throughout the Andes of Chile and Argentina eastward to the Atlantic coast and southward to the islands of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino (55 °S). The guanaco occupies a wide range of arid and semiarid ecosystems from sea level to over 4,500 meters in elevation. It is estimated that over 90% of guanacos in Argentina are found in the Patagonia.
Especies Vicuña



Vicuñas occur over an area of approximately 250,000 km2 in the Puna and the High Andean ecosystems of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile from 3,200 to nearly 5,000 meters above sea level. There is also an isolated population of approximately 2,000 individuals in Ecuador, which were donated by Peru, Chile and Bolivia.
Se han descrito dos subespecies geográficas: la del Sur Vicugna vicugna vicugna Molina, 1782 y la del Norte
Especies. Vicuña
Foto Pablo Carmanchahi


Publications by author

Publications by author by members of the South American Camelid Specialist Group (GECS) belonging to the Species Survival Commission, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).