The Alpaca Animal

  • About Suri Alpacas

    Author:
    Suri Network

    Date of Publication:
    unknown

    Publication:
    Suri Network

    Excerpt:
    The Suri alpaca is a member of the camelid family, which includes the llama, Huacaya alpaca, the wild vicuna and guanaco, and yes, the camel. The Suri dates back between 5 to 20 thousand years and is known from archaeological records to have been domesticated for 6,000 years.

    Among the people of the Andes, the woven fabric from the fleece of the alpaca was so soft and alluring that it was used as currency. The Suri alpaca has unique fiber characteristics that distinguish the Suri from the rest of the camelid family. Unlike the soft fuzzy look of the Huacaya alpaca, the Suri's long, separate, distinctive locks are comprised of twisted or flat fibers that drape down the sides of the Suri's body. The Suri's fiber has a cool, slick hand; soft as cashmere, warmer than wool, with the luster of silk.

    Read the rest of the article: http://www.surinetwork.org/AboutSuriAlpacas

  • Alpaca Body

    Author:
    Murray Fowler

    Date of Publication:
    1998

    Publication:
    Fowler, ME: Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press 292, 518-521; 1998

    Overview:
    Anatomical structure.

    Read the rest of the article: http://www.surinetwork.org/resources/Pictures/Fowler-Body%20Parts.pdf

  • Alpacas: Introduction

    Author:
    Animals in Schools
    NSW Department of Education — Catholic Schools NSW — Association of Independent Schools of NSW

    Date of Publication:
    unknown

    Publication:
    Animals in Schools

    Excerpt:
    These notes:

    • have been written to be consistent with community, industry and research and teaching based animal welfare legislation

    Read the rest of the article: http://nswschoolanimals.com/alpacas/

  • Basics About Alpacas

    Authors:
    Barry and Linda Bolewicz
    EasyGo Farm, Hillsboro, Oregon, United States

    Date of Publication:
    unknown

    Publication:
    EasyGo Farm

    Excerpt:
    Alpacas are members of the camel family, which originated in the Great Plains of North America. The earliest fossils date back 40 million years ago, when the “camels” were cat sized with four toes. About 5 million years ago, some of them migrated west into Asia where they evolved into Dromedary and Bactrian camels. Others traveled south into South America. The varieties that stayed in North America died out 10-15,000 years ago.

    Read the rest of the article: http://www.easygofarm.net/AlpacaBasics.html

  • Common Terms

    Authors:
    John and Susan Merrell
    Gateway Farm Alpacas, Scio, Oregon, United States

    Date of Publication:
    unknown

    Publication:
    Gateway Farm Alpacas

    Overview:
    Common terminology can be very confusing for those first entering the realm of alpacas, and even more so if they do not have experience with other types of livestock or companion animals. This list of terms is intended to be of assistance to those just entering the world of alpacas.

    Read the rest of the article: http://www.gatewayalpacas.com/alpacas/more-reading/common-terms.htm

  • Facts About Alpacas

    Author:
    Alina Bradford

    Date of Publication:
    November 20, 2017

    Publication:
    Live Science

    Excerpt:
    Adorable, docile and soft, alpacas are prized as pets and cattle around the world. There are no wild alpacas. Alpacas are domesticated versions of vicuñas, South American ruminants that live high in the Andes. Alpacas are related to llamas, which are domesticated versions of another wild Andean ruminant, the guanaco. While llamas are used as pack animals, alpacas are raised mainly for their soft wool.

    Read the rest of the article: https://www.livescience.com/52668-alpacas.html

  • The Origin and Evolution of the South American Camelids

    Author:
    Jorge Reyna

    Date of Publication:
    unknown

    Publication:
    unknown

    Overview:
    An intense study of the history of alpacas in Peru from the time of the Conquistadors to the present.

    Read the rest of the article: https://www.alpacaconsultingusa.com/library/CamelidOriginEvolution.pdf

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