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Research Question 1|Wildlife Ecology in San Guillermo National Park

Research Goal:

The goal of this research is to investigate vigilant and feeding budgets of vicunas in habitats with different vegetation heights.

In other words, to find out how much of the time feeding vicunas spend looking around compared to the time they spend feeding.

Group of grazing vicuna

Research Questions:

  1. In which habitat, short grass or tall grass, will vicunas  spend more time vigilant? 

  2. Why is that the case?

Short Grass Habitat

Short Grass

Tall Grass Habitat

Tall Grass

Hypothesis and predictions:

Before you go on:
  • make a hypothesis based on the research question and record it in your notes.
  • based your hypothesis, make a prediction and record it in your notes.

Research Methods:

Step 1. Define what is being measured.

To test his hypothesis and predictions, Emiliano and his team evaluated the time (in seconds) that vicunas spend vigilant and feeding in two habitats with different vegetation heights.

Step 2. Define vigilant and feeding behavior.


Vigilant Vicuna

Vicunas with the head above the shoulders, looking around, either walking or not.


Feeding vicuna

Vicunas with the head below the shoulders, feeding or looking for food, either walking or not.

Step 3. Collect the Original Data

With a camcorder, Emiliano and his team recorded a 1 minute video of the behavior of 5 different vicunas in each habitat.

Collecting Data

Collect, Analyse and Summarize Your Data

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