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The vicuna is undomesticated and is considered an endangered species. However, a small number are kept in the U.K. in zoos or wildlife parks but a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence is required to keep them.

Vicunas are the smallest of the camelid family, standing at just 2ft 8"-3ft 7" (0.8-1.1m) at the shoulder. They typically weigh in the region of 99-121lb (45-55kg). They are extremely refined and delicate to look at, being a cinnamon colour with an apron of long white hair on their chest. The vicuna produces one of the finest fibres of any animal in the world.