- Andean Commuters Photo
- Some 16,000 feet above sea level in Bolivia’s Andes Mountains, a band of vicuñas, the smallest members of the camel family, trots by the Kantantica Pass. Once covered with tropical glaciers, today the mountain peaks are increasingly bare—the effect of a changing climate. As the ice recedes, water sources for local people and wildlife diminish.
WCS conservationists are monitoring populations of vicuñas here and across the Andean slopes they call home.
- Julie Larsen Maher © WCS