Peru Vicuna Shearing Festival Photo Gallery

A man dressed as the Inca royal founder, Manco Capac, presides over a ceremony giving praise to the Sun God, during a ceremony at the national “Chaccu,” or annual roundup of vicunas, on the Andean plains in the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, in the Peruvian state of Ayacucho, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Members of the community celebrated the ancient ritual of herding and the shearing of vicunas, a rare llama-like animal in a three-day festival. The vicuna is an important animal in Peru, as it is not only the country’s national symbol, but the very means of survival for many Andean communities. (AP Photo/Sebastian Castaneda)

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