Andean Attire

Andean Attire Photo
Ranging from the snow-covered peaks of the Andes in northwestern Bolivia and Peru to the tropical rainforests below, Madidi-Tambopata is one of the planet's most biologically diverse regions.

On a field trip to the region, WCS Staff Photographer Julie Larsen Maher traveled from the park’s humid Amazon River basin to nearly 16,000 feet to meet with these alpaca farmers. (Luckily, she’d stowed a jacket in her daypack.)

Many Andean people dress in colorful woolen layers to keep warm in the thin mountain air. In the highlands, WCS is working with local farmers on a fencing project to help protect their livestock from local carnivores, including pumas. This reduces retaliatory killing of the predators, lessening the instances of human-wildlife conflict in the landscape.

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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