We have a herd of 10 alpacas and most of them come from Waitakere Alpacas and two of them, our junior boys, were born at our place.
Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years in South America, especially Peru. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be beasts of burden, but were bred specifically for their fibre. Alpaca fibre is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool.
Alpacas are very friendly, tame and very curious.
We almost lost Ponga due to a vitamin deficiency a year ago but we looked well after her and now she's become a strong herd leader. We are very proud of her and she has been featuring at the Kumeu A&P show last year and again this year.
Little Joey was born on top of a dirt pile in the paddock and tumbled down to be caught be Tatjana and returned to mom Jacy, who did not seem to be overly concerned about the whereabouts of her baby. Joey still loves hanging out on the dirt pile.