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Meet the Alpacas
The alpacas and llamas are miniature camels which evolved in the Andes Mountains in South America. However, they evolved quiet differently from their "cousin", the local camel. The local African camel evolved to survive the hot deserts but the high altitudes and freezing climate of the Andes created tiny camels, covered with wool and without the ability to accumulate food and liquids. The alpaca wool is very light and is known for its ability to maintain body heat.
bizarre social habits
The alpacas are also known for their special and slightly bizarre social habits…
a funny and odd sight. The alpacas DO NOT spit at humans but if we happen to be around an argument we might get hit by some of the ricochets…Public toilets- the alpacas and llamas go to the toilet only in "designated areas" which they use as their herd's toilet. The area is a type of bulletin board (of scents detected only by the alpacas) by which they can tell who is pregnant or in heat, gave birth, is healthy or sick and all other relevant "gossip".
the alpaca or llama female does not have a cycle or season of heat. They can get pregnant every day of the year. The ovulation starts as a response to stimulation- which is why the mating can take more than one hour! It is common to see other females "waiting in line" and trying to get the attention of the breeding male or to see other males trying to interrupt by spitting and shrieking.The duration of the pregnancy is 11.5 months. One offspring is born.
The Alpaca wool
In South America the alpacas are primarily a source for production of woolen clothing garments, carpets and blankets. The llamas, whose wool is coarse, are primarily used for carrying goods along the mountainous trails.
The alpaca wool is ranked among the finest in the world, along with Kashmir and angora wool. The combination of a few rare qualities makes the wool so unique: Softness, Isolation, Low Weight, Color Variation.
The shearing of the alpacas takes place in springtime so that they would have all summer to grow a new coating of wool. The entire process of wool production takes place in the farm- the raising of the animals, the shearing of the wool, the washing of the wool and the preparation of it for the spinning and interweaving to yarn. The production is a combination of machinery processing and hand handling stages.
The visitors are welcomed in the wool factory.
Guided tours are available.