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Protecting the Guanacos of Argentina

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Preserving guanacos in Argentina where there are so many is a different kind of challenge than in a country such as Peru where there are so few. Argentina has developed a national management plan to protect its guanacos that includes setting aside areas to protect the species. When it comes to guanacos in Argentina, the term “protected area” is a relative term. The species is so prolific and widely dispersed throughout the country that these protected areas represent but a small percentage of the species’ range. The larger the protected area and the more accessible, the more difficult it is to prevent poaching. Seldom is there enough staff to guard large remote areas adequately. The problem is compounded in regions where contiguous protected areas stretch out over such vast distances that few tourists visit during their travel to Argentina. Where poaching remains a problem, the only strategy available to the government is to close unused trails, making it more difficult to reach the animals.

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