The Alpaca population was decimated during the period following the
arrival of the Spanish Conquistadores in the 1500's. The Spanish
colonists, who were so determined to eradicate the Alpaca as a
symbol of the natives, where never able to appreciate the wonders of
An Englishman, Sir Titus Salt, made an accidental discovery of
Alpaca fiber, The modern world now enjoys the luxury of wide range
of Alpaca products from sweaters and scarves to suits and cots.
In the resent past, the Alpaca population again suffered enormous
losses at the hand of man. Economic forces in Latin America, years
of drought, and fifteen years of systematic alpaca slaughter by
terrorist known as Sendero Luminoso. Like the Conquistadores
five centuries earlier they targeted the Alpacas as the means by
which they could capture and retain control over rural areas and the
peoples who live there. From 1967 - to 1992 the Alpaca population
has decreased as much as 50%.
To provide a source of income to rural farmers, the governments of
Bolivia, Chile and Peru eased exporting restrictions, importers from
Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, England , and
Israel were among the first to import in to their countries, this
presented an opportunity to save the Alpaca from an uncertainty
By 1998 it ended by a vote of ARI members and only qualified animals
were issued a pedigree registration.
Alpacas are highly valuable animals, they produce the finest fiber
in the world, they are genteel, and lovable
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The first European importations of alpaca fiber were into Spain. Spain transferred that fiber to Germany and France.