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ALPACAS and  LLAMAS

In general, Alpacas and Llamas are odorless animals. They are unique because they have three stomachs. Most people would describe them as curious, intelligent and friendly animals.

The Alpaca is a member of the Camelid family which also includes the llama, vicuna, guanaco and camel. Native to the high Andes plateaus of Peru , Chile and Bolivia , they have been imported to the U.S. since 1984.

The Alpaca, unlike the Llama which is used primarily as a pack animal, is raised for its luxurious fine fiber. Both llamas and Alpacas have the ability to spit, but do not do so unless provoked. Alpacas are generally smaller then llamas and have more fiber around their face.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS

In general, Alpacas and Llamas can provide peace to those who are distressed or challenged with life’s troubles. Alcapas and Llamas can help us emotionally, psychologically, and socially. They help us: Adjust to serious illness and death

Children often turn to their pet for comfort if a friend or family member dies or leaves the family. Grieving adults who did not have a close source of human support were also found to have less depression if they had a pet.

Relax and reduce everyday stress

Pets can help us relax and focus our attention away from our problems and worries. We do not even need physical contact to appreciate this. Feeding the Alpacas and Llamas can be very soothing. Petting them is relaxing.

Have physical contact

This ability to have something to touch and pet is very important. More and more studies show how important touch is to our physical and emotional health.

Lift our mood

Pets decrease our feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing companionship for all generations. Certainly for residents of nursing homes this is true, but it is also true for the staff and volunteers there as well.

Residents of nursing homes are more aptto smile, talk, reach out to people and objects,be attentive and alert, and experience a greater sense of well-being and less depression if animals are present in the facility.

Feel less lonely

Pets can help ease the sense of
loneliness or isolation we feel.

Have something
to care for

Everyone needs to feel needed and have something to care for. Many elderly citizens or people living alone will tell you their pet gives them a reason for living.

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Eagle Eye Alpaca and Llama Haven is a St. Louis based traveling petting zoo made up of Alpacas and Llamas. Denise Hollinshed, a veteran journalist and business executive, is the chief executive officer and president of the company.

This unique petting zoo transports Llamas and Alpacas, Dwarf Nigerian Goats, Angora and Mini Rex Rabbits to children and adult day care centers, elementary schools, birthday parties, neighborhood fairs, parades, corporate events, family reunions, churches and other community events. Children and adults who interact with these lovable animals cherish the experience of petting, riding and feeding them.

The primary reasons for introducing Alpacas and Llamas to children and adults is to educate, entertain and comfort children and older adults throughout the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Contact Us at: (314) 355-2875 or dhollinshed@att.net.

Traveling Petting Zoo Visits
at Nursing Homes

Nursing Home

Nursing Home

We are members of:

Alpaca Registry Inc.
www.alpacaregistry.com

Illinois Lama Association
www.illinoisllamas.org


Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association
www.alpacainfo.com

The Midwest Alpaca Owners and
Breeders Association

www.mopaca.org

Alpaca and Llama Show Association
http://www.alsashow.net

Where to buy Alpacas and Llamas:

Wier World Llamas and Alpacas

www.llamasofwierworld.com

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Website Created by Hopscotch Communications:
www.hopscotchcommunications.com

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We Recycle Our
Animals Fur
(Fiber)

Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It is light weight or heavy weight, depending on how it is spun. It is soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic.[1][2] Alpaca is naturally water-repellent. [3] Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fiber has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn, perfect for knits. Suri has far less crimp and thus is best suited for woven goods, but is wonderfully luxurious as well. The designer Armani has used Suri alpaca to fashion Men's and Women's suits. [4]. Alpaca fleece is made into various products, from very simple and inexpensive garments made by the aboriginal communities to sophisticated, industrially made and expensive products such as suits. In the United States, groups of smaller alpaca breeders have banded together to create "fiber co-ops," in order to make the manufacture of alpaca fiber products less expensive.

In physical structure, alpaca fiber is somewhat akin to hair, being very glossy. Alpaca fiber is similar to that of merino wool fiber, and alpaca yarns tend to be stronger than wool yarns. The heel hole that appears in wool socks or in elbows of wool sweaters is nonexistent in similar alpaca garments. In processing, slivers lack fiber cohesion and single alpaca rovings lack strength. Blend these together and the durability is increased several times over. More twisting is necessary, especially in Suri, and this can reduce a yarn's softness.

Yarn

The alpaca has a very fine and light fleece. It does not retain water, is thermal even when wet and can resist the solar radiation effectively. These characteristics guarantee the animals a permanent and appropriate coat to fight against the extreme changes of temperature. This fiber offers the same protection to humans. Alpaca is sustainable as a fiber, and is naturally organic. Alpacas as animals are soft on the environment, making alpaca a truly green textile.

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