Alpacas are a domesticated species that resemble small llamas, and were cherished by the ancient Incan civilizations. Alpacas were first imported tot he United States in 1984--Thirty years later, and Central Illinois is home to several alpaca farms!
OLLI students kicked-off their week with a tour of three alpaca farms located right around the Peoria area in the Chillicothe/Sparland region. Our first visit was to 'Walkin with Alpacas' where we got to see the amount of fiber, and fleece just a few alpacas are capable of producing!
The next visit was to Yankee Lane Alpacas, where OLLI students got a lesson in the Alpaca farming and breeding business-- learning what characteristics make an alpaca desirable, and the maintenance these regal animals require.
Following a nice lunch at Club LaCon, we were off to Autumn Sky Alpacas. We were lucky enough to watch a newly-born cria, or baby alpaca, takes its first few steps! OLLI students enjoyed observing and learning about these animals which originate from Peru.
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