Portrait of a vicuña

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

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 (89)

Fonfon on March 12, 2014

Hi Brian thank you for your visit and comments. There were plenty of alpacas as well in Chile and Argentina and many of them are parked like cows in Europe. A different story with these vicuñas that all live in the wild.
Greetings, Fonfon

Guizel J.c on March 16, 2014

Excellent portrait and image view



Fonfon on March 16, 2014

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

Lakshmi7 on May 11

Fantastica! Like

Anton Trötscher on May 17

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 on May 18

Lakshmi thank you for your kind comments.
Greetings, Fonfon

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Fonfon on May 18

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

Classic !!!

Fonfon on June 8

Gracias Martin.


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

Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 19, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Fonfon
    • 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