Alpacas are one of four members of the South American camelid species. They are hardy, intelligent and love company thus the strong herd instinct. Alpacas are generally very alert and have very good eyesight and they are normally gentle with humans and other animals, making them good pets. They are fascinating, quiet animals and are low maintenance. They mix well with other herd animals such as sheep.
When alpacas are alerted to danger they can scream, a piercing scream, it is an alarm to alert other animals and herd/flock owners to danger, they do not like dogs or foxes.
Alpacas were treasured by the ancient Incan civilization, their fine fleeces were reserved for Incan royalty. Today, their fleeces are increasingly sought after for fine quality garments.
Alpaca fibre is as soft as cashmere but one of the strongest animal fibres in the world. This animal fibre uniquely shares the characteristics of both hair and wool with incomparable insulating qualities to protect the alpacas from the extreme temperatures found in their homeland of the Andes. They do not shed their fibre and have to be shorn; the fleece is a valuable commodity. It is used for many different applications, due to its unique qualities as you will see on our website.
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