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About Alpacas

Alpacas, native to South America, have been raised for their luxurious fibre for thousands of years.  They are members of the camel family; archeological evidence suggests that domestication from a vicuna ancestor was underway between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.  They live in the altiplano area (highlands) of Peru, Bolivia and Chile.  Their cousins in the South American camelid family include the llama (also domesticated), and the wild vicuna and guanaco.

Alpacas were first imported into North American in 1984 and have become an increasingly popular farm animal.  Their fleece is very soft and warm, and is produced in the widest assortment of colours of any fibre-bearing animal -- twenty-two recognized colours ranging from white through all shades of brown from fawn to dark mahogany browns, and shades of grey to black.

Alpacas are evaluated on the basis of conformation, desirable fleece characteristics, and lineage.  Breeding stock is registered with the Canadian Llama and Alpaca Association and often also with the American registry, Alpaca Registry Inc.

They are an ideal animal to keep on a small acreage and are small and  gentle enough to be easily managed.  For further information, click on the "Raising alpacas" link at the left of this page.


Last updated November 2013.