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What are facts about vicuna?

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August 30, 2009 2:59AM

The Vicuna lives in South America, and is listed with a status of "least concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or the IUCN Red List. The population trend is also listed with a status of "increasing". The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species List has the Vicuna listed with a status of "endangered". The Vicuna is a shy, delicate, graceful animal, wary of strangers, spooks easily and the young are easily disturbed. Their hearing is extremely sensitive and their wool is highly prized for it's special softness, and ability to insulate against freezing cold temperatures. In 1964 the Vicuna was posted as South America's most endangered species. There are now laws to protect them, reserves for them to graze in protected lands and annual round ups to shear their wool if it is longer then two and a half inches in length. This is to deter poachers, and help maintain the herds safety. For more details, see the sites listed below.