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Bolivia pushes UN to declare 2016 as year of the llama

Llama at Machu Picchu.
Llama at Machu Picchu. Image by Thomas Quine / CC BY 2.0

Bolivia is lobbying the UN to make 2016 the international year of camelids. The proposal, which includes llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos, native to Andean South America, and Bactrian and dromedary camels, found in Asia, Africa and Australia, proclaims the cultural and economic importance of the animals to the people who depend on them for food, wool and transport. Read more: theguardian.com