Portrait of a vicuña

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By special permission of my son.
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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Comments (90)

Guizel J.c on March 16, 2014

Excellent portrait and image view



Fonfon (NO Views!) on March 16, 2014

Thank you for this YS J.C.. Have a nice Sunday!

Lakshmi7 on May 11, 2014

Fantastica! Like

Anton Trötscher on May 17, 2014

Hello Fonfon! A great capture of a vicuna!! A wonderful presentation of this wild member of the camel family with a beautiful background of the Andes Mountains! A master piece of a wildlife photo!! Many friendly greetings and best wishes! Anton Trötscher

Fonfon (NO Views!) on May 18, 2014

Lakshmi thank you for your kind comments.
Greetings, Fonfon

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Fonfon (NO Views!) on May 18, 2014

Hello Anton
You seem to know about these animals! Few people do. I'm glad you like this shot taken in difficult conditions (see earlier comments). Thanks a lot for YS.
Greetings from Paris

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Martin Krepelin on June 8, 2014

Classic !!!

Fonfon (NO Views!) on June 8, 2014

Gracias Martin.


Pascal Beaujolais on December 19

Great capture

Fonfon (NO Views!) on December 20

Merci Pascal.

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Photo taken in Putre, Putre, Arica y Parinacota Region, Chile

Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 19, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Fonfon (NO Views!)
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
    • Taken on 2013/09/02 16:21:50
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 30.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV
    • No flash