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The Sustainability of Vicuña Conservation in Bolivia

  • Melissa Grigione
  • Lisa F. Daugherty
  • Rurik List
  • Jonathan Rushton
  • Ronald Sarno
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Abstract

The economics of vicuña capture and commercialization of vicuña fiber with a focus on the communities in the Apolobamba Reserve of Bolivia was evaluated in this case study. Socio-economic data were collected via a series of workshops and interviews with families living within the Apolobamba Reserve. Additional data on vicuña population numbers and markets for other fine fibers and wools were also collected and analyzed. Despite high vicuña population density within Apolobamba, low capture and shearing rates have resulted in decreased harvest of fiber quantity per animal in comparison to more aggressively managed areas of Bolivia and important vicuña fiber harvesting regions of Peru. We conclude that in order for sustainable conservation of vicuñas in the Apolobamba Reserve and elsewhere, the economic value of the species must be maximized.

Keywords

Vicuña Shearing Wool Altiplano Sustainability Conservation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Grigione
    • 1
  • Lisa F. Daugherty
    • 2
  • Rurik List
    • 3
  • Jonathan Rushton
    • 4
  • Ronald Sarno
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of BiologyPace UniversityPleasantvilleUSA
  2. 2.Kleinfelder, Inc.Mount DoraUSA
  3. 3.Area de Investigación en Biología de la Conservación, Departamento de Ciencias AmbientalesUniversidad Autónoma MetropolitanaLermaMexico
  4. 4.Institute of Infection and Global HealthUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  5. 5.Department of BiologyHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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