Celestial Casa Alpacas
Ontario Breeder of quality and fine fleece

 
















Susan Garrett & Greg Precop
3192 3rd Concession W
Harrow, Ontario
N0R 1G0
519-738-0579

519-567-2020

History of Alpacas

Peruvian Alpaca & Handler

When the Spanish invaded south America some 5 centuries ago, they found very woolly animals with a long neck, called "pacos". From "el paca" in spanish, the word evolved to Alpaca, which is now the common name.

Native to the Andes region of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile in South America and domesticated for over 5,000 years.

Some believe that the Alpaca developed from the wild vicuna, llama or guanaco. The similar skeleton, shape of the ears and teeth would support this theory.

Alpacas were a cherished treasure of the ancient Inca civilization. Alpacas produce fine, luxurious cashmere like fleece, once reserved for Inca royalty as an indication of wealth and nobleness.

Alpaca fiber is semi-hollow, making it very lightweight while possessing a thermal warmth unlike other natural fibers.

Member of the camel family (includes camels, llamas, guanacos and vicunas).

First allowed into North America in the early 1980's.

North American has a population of approx 53,000 animals, with 14,771 in Canada and 1466 in Ontario as of the end of 2004.

 

 

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