About Llamas & Alpacas
Llamas and alpacas are both members
of the camelid family in the Lama genus. Camelids originated
on the central plains of North America about 6 million years
ago. From there, about 3 million years ago, llama-like animals
migrated to South America.
Alpacas were domesticated about
5000 years ago in South America to provide fine clothing for
Inca Royalty. They were close to extinction after the Spanish
conquest and it was not until the mid 1800s that alpaca fleece
was rediscovered and world interest awakened.
Llamas were used primarily as
pack animals and were an integral part of the Inca economy.
Llama fiber was used for clothing, saddle bags, and made into
various products. Llama dung was used as a source of fuel
on the treeless puna and also an essential fertilizer for
Llamas and alpacas have a unique
way of enriching our lives. Once you've discovered these special
animals, you won't be able to imagine life without them.