The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

Just a few decades ago, the vicuña was nearly extinct from overhunting. Today, there are more than 350,000 vicuñas — the long-necked fluffy alpaca cousins — living in their native range along the Andes. How did this conservation comeback happen?  By giving communities the rights to shear the vicuñas for their prized wool, the animals became a source of income. 

Why This Matters: Vicuña wool is a luxury item and one of the most expensive fibers in the world.

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