a herd of vicunas in Peru
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Peru's vicunas sheared in annual herding ritual

The national symbol of Peru - the vicuna - was once hunted to near extinction.

But efforts to conserve populations of the small, llama-like animals appear to be paying off.

Many people in Peru's central highlands still closely rely on vicunas for their survival, using them for their wool and meat.

Alejandra Martins reports.

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