Alpacas were a cherished treasure of the ancient Incan civilization. They produce an ultra soft, cashmere-like fleece, which was once reserved exclusively for Incan Royalty. Alpacas are native to Andean Mountain range of South America. They are primarily found in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile and were first imported in Canada and the United States in 1984. They were domesticated well over 5,000 years ago.
They are members of the South American Camelid family, which is comprised of the vicuna, guanaco, llama, and alpaca.