APTOPIX Peru Vicuna Shearing Festival Photo Gallery

Protected vicunas are silhouetted against a semi-cloudy, blue sky, overlooking the Andean plains on the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, Peru, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. For centuries, hunters killed the elusive vicuna for its wool and leather rather than shear it live. The species was on the brink of extinction by 1964, when Peru’s government established the national reserve, now the principal sanctuary for the species. (AP Photo/Sebastian Castaneda)

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