It's all about the Alpacas...
What are Alpacas???
Alpacas are originally from the Altiplano in west-central South America around Peru, Chile and Bolivia in the 4000 metre area of the Andes. Alpacas are part of the camelid species and are related the the Llama. Alpacas were mainly used as a fleece producing animals.
Suri alpacas are the ones that look like Wensleydale sheep! Their fleece hangs down twisting into silky locks!
How long do they live?
Types of Alpaca
Huacaya alpacas are the ones that look a bit like teddy bears! Their fleece is tightly crimped and wavy. It's very soft and cuddly! All of our current alpacas are huacayas.
Alpacas are expected to live 15-20 years
What do they eat?
They will happily graze on grass throughout the year and will munch on hay. We also provide our alpacas with a mixed feed to make sure they get all the nutrients and minerals they need. To keep them busy, they have toys to get their feed and hay out of.
Do they spit, kick or bite?
Alpacas don't generally spit, especially at humans. They tend to spit at each other when they argue, for example when a pregnant female doesn't want the male coming near her.
Alpacas can kick with their back legs if surprised or if they have not been handled and desensitised in this area.
Alpacas don't tend to bite but can sometimes tug on clothing to get your attention.
What are alpacas like to be around?
Alpacas are intelligent and naturally inquisitive animals. Once they have been handled, they can become very friendly and gentle with people. They all have their own fantastic personalities and can be very funny and loving. They can be trained and love to do things, which is why when we aren't with our alpacas doing activities and training, we leave them puzzle toys to play with and lots of space to roam around in! We even offer them a paddling pool which they love to sit in!
How are our alpacas trained?
Our alpacas are trained using force free methods. We use positive reinforcement techniques and we work at their own pace. Our alpacas only progress onto the next training stage when they're ready to do so - there's no rush, they can take their time and we only ask them to do things they're comfortable and happy to do.