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Returning the Vicunas to Ecuador

To protect the Vicunas, the government designated ten reserves, six of which are located in the country’s northwest region

To protect the Vicunas, the government designated ten reserves, six of which are located in the country’s northwest region

Visitors who travel to Ecuador will not see vicunas roaming the Andean hillsides. Like the countries south of Ecuador, the high elevation grasslands of the Ecuadorian Andes should contain vicunas, but they don’t. Scientists believe that vicunas were once as prevalent in Ecuador as they were in Peru, numbering into the millions. After centuries of slaughter, the vicunas have disappeared from Ecuador, today inhabiting a range that begins several degrees of latitude south of Ecuador’s borders. With help from its neighbors, the government of Ecuador is trying to rectify this tragic situation.

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Returning the Vicunas to Ecuador

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