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    ONE OF THE WORLD'S RAREST ANIMALS - THE VICUNA - IS IN DANGER OF BECOMING EXTINCT.

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    ONE OF THE WORLD'S RAREST ANIMALS - THE VICUNA - IS IN DANGER OF BECOMING EXTINCT. THE VICUNA, A SOUTH AMERICAN MEMBER OF THE CAMEL FAMILY, BEARS THE FINEST WOOL KNOWN TO MAN. BUT POACHING AND PUBLIC INDIFFERENCE HAS VIRTUALLY WIPED OUT THE RARE ANIMAL. EXPERTS BELIEVE THAT NO MORE THAN 5,000 PURE BRED VICUNA, WITH 75 PER CENT IN PERU AND THE BEST IN BOLIVIA AND ARGENTINA, REMAIN IN SOUTH AMERICA.

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE PERUVIAN NATIONAL PARKS AUTHORITY, MR. ALMANZI OCAMPO, IS FIGHTING A VIGOUROUS BATTLE TO PRESERVE THE RARE ANIMALS. PERU HAS A VICUNA RESERVE IN THE MOUNTAINOUS REGION NEAR NAZCA, ABOUT 300 MILES (480 KMS.) FROM LIMA BUT MR. OCAMPO HAS BEEN UNABLE TO SECURE SUFFICIENT PROTECTION FOR THEM. POACHERS ARE HIS MAIN CONCERN. VICUNA'S SKIN AND HAIR IS A STATUS SYMBOL IN THE UNITED STATES. THE ANIMAL'S DENSE, SILKY FLEECE WAS ONCE RESERVED FOR INCAN ROYALTY.

    THE VICUNA IS SOMETIMES GROUPED WITH THE LLAMA FAMILY BUT IT IS QUITE DISTINCTIVE. IT IS ABOUT FIVE FEET LONG, ITS WOOLY COAT IS TANNY RED LONG WHITE FLEECE HANGING FROM THE LOWER SIDES OF ITS BODY.

    VICUNA GRAZE ON LOW GRASSES AND TRAVEL IN SMALL BANDS OF FEMALES. USUALLY LED BY A MALE WHO ACTS AS LOOKOUT AND DEFENDS HIS TERRITORY AGAINST INTRUDERS. A YOUNG VICUNA IS BORN IN FEBRUARY ABOUT 11 MONTHS AFTER THE PARENTS HAVE MATED. THE ANIMAL'S LIFE EXPECTANCY IS 15 TO 20 YEARS.

    AN ATTEMPT TO MUSTER MORE SUPPORT FOR THE VICUNA WILL BE MADE AT A WILD LIFE CONFERENCE IN ARGENTINA ON MARCH 23. WORLD WILD LIFE EXPERTS WILL DISCUSS THE PROBLEM IN LENGTH AND TRY TO ENSURE THAT YET ANOTHER RARE ANIMAL IS NOT WIPED OUT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XEUIMBJMX1IA82B5K6QFS1JY
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XEUIMBJMX1IA82B5K6QFS1JY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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