Fauna from Andes, South America. Vicuña is a wild camel animal, cousin to the more familiar species Alpaca and Llama. Vicuña has a unique wool which is called one of the finest wool of the planet. I Investigated the population dynamics of Vicuña and looked closer to population numbers at different years. From year of Inca empire (2 000,000 animal individuals) until today (347,273 individuals). year 1531 -- 2,000 000
year 1960 -- 6,000
year 1996 – legislation with purpose for conserve(sales prohibition)
year 1990 -- 125,000
year 2002 -- 150,000
Today (2018) -- 347,273
Vicuña was almost extinct, killed by human for their fin wool.
Want to go and look for Vicuna!? The live in the haute landscape of central Andes!
Mountain hare - Peak District.
Over the last few days I have spent a long time sitting, watching and photographing some of the hares that make up the small population that inhabits the northern moorlands of the Peak District.
Now in their winter pelage, they stand out as blobs of white and brown against the near-black peat groughs so spotting them isn't difficult. Having the patience to approach them however, is a different matter!
This image is a couple of years old now (I'm still waiting for snow this year) but I'm hoping to have some more enjoyable moments with clients on my mountain hare workshops over the coming winter months.
Send me a message or give me a call if you're interested.
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