Valdez Peninsula, a wedge of Patagonia that juts out into Argentina’s Atlantic seaboard is probably the richest area for wildlife in South America outside the tropics, particularly the marine life of sea lions, fur seals and elephant seals. Inside the Peninsula is an arid scrubland, part of the windswept Patagonian Plain that covers most of southern Argentina. It is home to large colonies of up to 100 Patagonian hares or maras which, rare for mammals, pair for life. The peninsula is a stronghold of the elegant guanaco which is unique because it never needs to drink water and survives just on its meagre diet of desert plants.
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