Our Alpacas

We acquired our three adult female Alpacas in April 2017. Saffron, a white Dam is 14 years old and is very much a self-appointed leader of the pack. Twix is the younger white Dam and is 4 years old, Chianti is the black Dam who is slightly more senior at 6 years old.

All three Dams were pregnant when we acquired them but unfortunately Saffron has not gone full term with her baby or ‘Cria’.

Our Alpacas

New Arrivals

Twix successfully gave birth on the 9th of June 2017 to our first female baby Alpaca raised here at Mulberry house.  A female baby is known as a ‘Hembra’!

Our bundle of joy was instantly named Twiggy due to her faltering first steps and will forever be an important step in establishing our extended family.

The morning of 26th August saw our second birth at Mulberry House. Chianti successfully gave birth to yet another female ‘Hemra’, named Lucy, who stole our hearts here at the house!

Lucy has very distinctive white patches and is very much the star of the show being the youngest of course! Our Alpacas are of course all female, so we had better start thinking about introducing a boy soon!

 

Alpaca cria and Mother

 

Alpaca cria 

INFORMATION 

An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance.

There are two breeds of alpaca; the Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca.

A baby alpaca is called a “cria”. A female is called a “hembra” and a male is called a “macho”.

Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, western Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500m (11,500 ft) to 5,000m (16,000 ft) above sea level, throughout the year.