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Vicugna vicugna (?), Epe Zoo I'm having some serious doubt on this identification. I have seen this species before here, but can't find it anymore. Feel free to correct me. Epe,Europe,Geotagged,Netherlands,The Netherlands,Vicugna vicugna,Vicuña,Wissel Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Vicugna vicugna (?), Epe Zoo

I'm having some serious doubt on this identification. I have seen this species before here, but can't find it anymore. Feel free to correct me.

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  1. Funny, it looks like a cross between a sheep and a camel... It is actually related to the camel, along with alpacas, guanacos and llamas. The vicuña is the smallest one.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camelid
    Posted 5 years ago
    1. So do you think the ID is correct? Posted 5 years ago
      1. I think so, it looks small. Guanacos are very similar, but they are bigger. Posted 5 years ago
  2. I think its very hard to tell from the picture if this is a Vicuña or Guanaco unless you check the label at the zoo of the pen where they are kept.

    The picture I took when in Peru was quite likely Vicuña, as told by the Farmer who kept it. Also, we can feel the fine furs/wool of the animal compared to Alpaca/Llama.
    Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago

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The vicuña or vicugna is one of two wild South American camelids which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes; the other being the guanaco. It is a relative of the llama, and is now believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas, which are raised for their coats. Vicuñas produce small amounts of extremely fine wool, which is very expensive because the animal can only be shorn every three years, and has to be caught from the wild. When knitted together, the product of the vicuña's.. more

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded May 6, 2014. Captured Jul 28, 2012 11:49 in Woesterbergweg 2C, 8162 RD Epe, The Netherlands.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/5.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO1000
  • 150mm