Vicunas and Flamingos

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Vicunas are the smallest of the camelids. They are wild animals and live in the altiplano in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. They cannot be domesticated like lamas and alpacas.
Almost decimated in the 60's because of their coats, this is now a protected species since 1974 and the population is estimated at 125,000.
They produce the finest wool in the world and can only be shorn every three years. This wool is even much softer than cachemire. Price is sky high (sweaters are €3,000+, men suits €20,000). You may try to catch them, good luck! :)

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Fonfon (NO Views!) on December 29, 2013

Thank you Ken and please pass it on to your wife.
It is not a perfect shot but given the conditions, it is not so bad. We were at an altitude of ~4500m and the wind was very strong, making it difficult to avoid vibrations with the zoom. At least it is very representative of the altiplano.
Greetings, Patrick

André Bonacin on January 19, 2014

Very beautiful!

Fonfon (NO Views!) on January 19, 2014

Thank you for your visit and kind words André.
Greetings, Fonfon

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