Alpacas are members of the camelid family. Llamas (the larger animal) and alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years. There are two types of alpacas: huacaya (wuh-ki-ah), with fluffy, crimpy fleece that gives them a teddy bear like appearance; and suri (sir-ee) with silky,lustrous fleece that drapes gracefully.
Alpacas are sheared once a year to harvest the fibre which comes in 22 natural colours which can be spun into yarn, made into duvets or rugs. Suri fibre is woven into beautiful fabric and fine yarns.
For more information visit www.alpacainfo.com or www.alpacaontario.com.
I have a children`s book called Destiny`s Purpose written by Shannon Cassidy-Rouleau of www.ballintotasalpacas.com for sale in the shop. Check out her website for a free downloadable teachers guide. I visited this farm when I was first learning about alpacas!
Check out this video which I just came across while writing this post. Enjoy!!