History of Alpacas
Alpacas are natives of the Andes Mountains in the South American countries of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. They were held in high esteem by the ancient Incan civilization for their lustrous, cashmere-like fleece once worn only by royalty. Alpacas are members of the Camelid family, which includes alpacas, llamas, camels, guanaco, and vicuna.
In 1984, the first alpacas were imported from South America into the United States. The borders were closed for importation in 1997, thus protecting the investment for US breeders.