Vicunas

Vicunas

A shy, sweet-natured camelid and the national animal of Peru, vicunas have been part of Andean life since the Incas. The wool from vicunas is extremely fine and in times past was only worn by Incan royalty. A vicuna sport coat today costs in the range of $21,000.

Vicunas were once hunted almost to extinction, but through conservation have made a strong comeback. They are indigenous to the central Andes and are found in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Vicunas are a treasure in this part of South America.

Here’s a 2-minute video of researchers tagging a newborn, wild vicuna fawn. Here’s a wonderful, 3-minute video, of the traditional, humane method Andean farmers employ to round up vicunas for wool-shearing.

FunFacts about Vicunas: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The vicuña or vicuna is one of the two wild South American camelids which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes, the other being the guanaco. The Inca valued vicuñas highly for their wool, and it was against the law for anyone but royalty to wear vicuña garments; today the vicuña is the national animal of Peru and appears in the Peruvian coat of arms. (Source)
  • Vicunas are wild relatives of the llama.
  • Vicunas are the wild ancestor of alpacas.
  • Vicunas produce an extremely fine grade of wool that is very expensive because the animals can only be shorn every three years.
  • Vicuna wool is very soft and warm.
  • Most vicunas live in the wild and aren’t domesticated. But local peoples still use them in special rituals.
  • In 1974, the vicuna population was endangered and only 6000 animals were left in the wild. Today, through conservation, their number is estimated at 350,000.
  • To prevent poaching, all vicunas are rounded up once a year and those with fur longer than 2.5 cm are shorn.
  • Vicunas live in the Andes at high altitudes ranging from 3,200 to 4,800 m or 10,500–15,700 ft.
  • Vicuna are shy and have extraordinary hearing.
  • Vicunas eat mainly low grasses.
  • Vicunas live in small family groups consisting of one male, five to fifteen females, and their young.
  • Here is an Incan tale about vicuna wool, quote: The vicuña was believed to be the reincarnation of a beautiful young maiden who received a coat of pure gold once she consented to the advances of an old, ugly king. Because of this, it was against the law for anyone to kill a vicuña or wear its fleece, except for Inca royalty. (Source)

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33 thoughts on “Vicunas

  1. As far as I know, I haven’t seen a vicunia before in real life. Now I want to know what the wool feels like!

  2. I’d love to touch them to feel how soft they are – they look soft. I loved the videos and photos – the first photo looks like it’s smiling.

  3. They are so adorable. Look at those sweet faces.!! So happy they have grown in population agaim.

  4. I just love their faces an the little ones are adorable. Enjoyed the two videos, especially the birth of the little one. Imagine a jacket of their hair for $21,000.00. Way to expensive for me. Love all the pictures, AZ

  5. Hi, Everyone!
    I had a similar reaction to many of you: I’d love to touch the wool to feel how fine and soft it is. In the one video that showed the vicuna being shorn, even at that point it looked incredibly soft!

    Caris
    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  6. What wonderful faces these beautiful animals have! I’d love to be able to buy vicuna yarn to knit something gorgeously soft and warm but it sounds like it would be out of my price range.

  7. Vacunas, alpacas, and llamas are so darn cute. Actually, llamas are verypopular in my part of North Carolina, in the country side of course. I would love to have an alpaca for a pet but it just feasible.

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