We learned lots about the alpaca, it's lifestyle, types of fleece/fibers, diet and temperament. We saw all of the quality items made from the alpaca fleece as well as the way the fleece is spun and turned into yarn, so exciting.
This trip was more than I ever could have imagined and my children learned much more by seeing them verses looking at books and flash cards. This is the beauty of learning outside of the classroom and viewing the real world whenever possible. Don't get me wrong I am a book fanatic, but seeing the real thing is much better. They say a lesson learned from experience is one seldom forgotten. Today was a lesson I shall never forget.
Enjoy the pictures. I took close to one hundred but had to narrow them down for this post.
|So calm and friendly.|
|She's got them eating out the palm of her hand...|
|It's amazing how soft they are.|
|I really like you!|
|Love at first sight...|
|Where's the food?|
|The boys are learning how to feed alpacas.|
|Sharon is very patient and a great teacher.|
|Getting warmed up!|
|She decided to write a report for her friends.|
My daughter was so excited, she decided to write down what she saw and learned so she could share with her friends. She also drew pictures of the alpaca's to give out to her friends. Without her knowing it she was actually writing a report without me asking her to do it and then decided to illustrate it. This is cool learning!
A few amazing facts about alpacas:
Gestation time is about 12 months. I would not like to be pregnant for that long...lol
The hair is called fiber or fleece.
There are 2 kinds of alpacas, suri and huacaya.
The fibers are used for things such as clothing and blankets.
They respond well to children.
Alpacas are herd animals, they appreciate community and companionship.
The average weight is 120-200 lbs.
Alpacas are herbivores. They graze on grass and eat hay and weeds.
They have 3 stomachs!
A baby alpaca is called a cria.
They have no top teeth but they eat very well!
The name of the alpaca farm we visited is called Camillo Valley. For more information click on the link below.