a woman stands on a rock in a mountainous landscape holding a newly born baby alpaca

The high-altitude quest to save alpacas

The once-verdant mountain pastures where alpacas graze are drying out from climate change; scientists, herders, and activists are rallying to find solutions.

Alina Surquislla Gomez cradles a baby alpaca. Her family has worked with alpacas for three generations and has witnessed the impacts of climate change in Peru on the herds, from unpredictable rainy seasons to pastures drying up.

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