Last month, we welcomed some new additions to the Pets Farm section of the park. Three adorable alpacas arrived in July, and after a month of quarantine, have successfully integrated into our existing herd. The three females are named Phantom, April, and Megan. April is brown in colour, while Phantom and Megan are both fawn. Megan is the taller of the two and Phantom has the funkiest hair. Alpacas are very gentle, social animals and need to be part of a herd. They also get on well with other kinds of animals and will even protect smaller livestock from predators. How lovely is that?!
Alpacas are the smallest members of the camel family and are mainly found in Peru and Bolivia. Alpacas and llamas are often confused for one another, but while they are closely related, they are not the same thing. Alpacas are much smaller than llamas and have shaggier coats.
They are also famous for being very hygienic animals who prefer to live in clean surroundings. Instinctively, the members of an alpaca herd will all go to the toilet in the same area. This keeps waste away from any grazing areas and helps to prevent the spread of disease. Alpacas also work hard to keep their coats and teeth nice and clean.
Pop on down to Pets Farm on your next visit to catch a glimpse of our latest arrivals!