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The Resilience of Alpacas (Italian)

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How is climate change harming alpaca breeders in the Peruvian Andes?

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This story was originally published in Italian on the Internazionale website. To read it, click here.



Pacovicuña specimens from the Quimsachata Research and Production Center. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

Peru's Quimsachata Research and Production Center is home to the largest genetic reserve of alpaca breeds in the world. With state-of-the-art technology, the center is attempting to combat the effects of climate change on alpacas, which are indigenous to Peru and integral to everyday life. Changes in weather patterns have impacted their reproduction and survival.


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Through in vitro insemination, the center is attempting to breed more resilience in the genes of the animals and improve their reproductive capacity. They're also targeting the prevention and treatment of diseases that adversely affect the productivity of camelids.


An alpaca parasite under the microscope. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

An alpaca fetus is analyzed under a microscope at the Quimsachata Research and Production Center. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

A researcher at the Quimsachata Research and Production Center while working under a microscope in the in vitro fertilization laboratory. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Perú, 2023.

A medical team prepares an alpaca for a laparotomy, a surgical procedure that allows researchers to explore the reproductive organs. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

A female alpaca dummy used for seed collection. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

Alpacas return to the enclosure after scientists perform research work in the various labs. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

Oscar Efrain Cardenas, veterinarian and national coordinator of the camelid program at the Quimsachata Center. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Perú, 2023.

View of the Quimsachata Research and Production Center. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

A researcher with a pacovicuña specimen. Image by Alessandro Cinque. Peru.

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