Species declared National Natural Monument in 1996, Law 24,702.
The taruca (Hippocamelus antisensis) is a north Andean native deer which represents the highly valuable natural and cultural heritage of the region.
It is one of the seven native species of deer of our country. It has a yellowish gray coat, dark brown tail and long and prominent years.
Each antler has two tines; the pair at the rear is bigger than the one at the front. Antlers branch close to the base, unlike the south Andean huemul (Hippocamelus bisulcus) whose antlers do not branch from the bottom. The huemul is native to Argentina's and Chile's Southern Region.
Its cross-shaped height (its head, horns excluded) varies from 0.77 to 0.80 cm. Groups of 3 to 20 animals can be seen together while eating grass, moss and lichen. Its gestation period is of about 7/8 months and it gives birth to only one offspring per birth.
It lives in Perú, the west of Bolivia, north of Chile and northwest of Argentina. In our country, we can find it in Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca, Tucumán and La Rioja, among grassland and high steppes (between 1,900 and 5,000 meters above sea level) with rugged grounds and steep gorges.
Source: Department of Wildlife of the Environmental and Sustainable Development Secretariat / National Parks of Argentina / Conicet