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Protecting the Guanacos of Peru

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

By the 20th century, shrinking habitat and over-hunting had reduced South America’s guanaco population almost to extinction. As it did to protect its vicunas, the Peruvian government began taking steps in the 1970s to resurrect its guanaco population from the few thousand that remained within its borders, by curtailing hunting and prohibiting international trade in pelts. The government established the first of three protected areas to protect the species in 1981.

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