High demand for luxury wool prompts poachers to slaughter vicunas

Vicunas, the wild Andean relatives of camels, are being hunted mercilessly by poachers as the price of the animals' luxuriantly soft hair, coveted by European and Asian apparel makers for coats, scarves and shawls, goes through the roof.

Los Angeles Times

Last updated on 22 June 2015

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Argentina
Bolivia
Chile
Peru
Region: 
South & Central America & The Caribbean
Threats: 
Unsustainable hunting and trapping
Illegal trade
Species: 
Vicugna vicugna
Species group: 
Terrestrial mammals