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Vicugna vicugna


The vicuna is the smallest living species among the family Camelidae. Head and body length is 1,250-1,900 mm, tail length is 150-250mm, and shoulder height is 700-1,100mm. A slender body and relatively long neck and limbs give a vicuna an elegant appearance. The ears are long, pointed, and narrow. The head is round and yellowish to red-brown in color.


Vicunas are found in semiarid rolling grasslands and plains at altitudes of 3,500-5,750 meters. These lands are covered with short and tough vegetation. Due to their daily water demands, vicunas live in areas where water is readily accessible. Climate in the habitat is usually dry and cold.

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YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Beautiful animals and what a spectacular scenery (pic #3)!

MarcoSepulvedaLeón 12 years ago

Hi Christy... how are you? What a interesting your work... ah, of course you have only Paco-vicunas! In the north of Chile the vicunas are wild animals and you can see it only in the high andes.
Greetings from Chile, and sorry for my English!

ChristyHolland 12 years ago

Amazing!! What beautiful creatures!! I'm a knitter, and I just went to a wool market/festival here in Colorado, and all we can have in the US are Paco-Vicunas...I guess because the full Vicunas are so treasured for their wool! I'd love to sink my fingers into that coat!! Great series of pictures!

Putre, Región de Arica y Parinacota, Chile

Spotted on Jan 9, 2011
Submitted on Jul 9, 2012

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