Our exciting news this week is that we have branched into llama farming! Our first llama, Willie, has taken up residence along with his alpaca companion Whalon. Over the next few months we hope to introduce at least two more of these noble creatures, and eventually breed them.
Llamas and alpacas are very closely related and can even inter-breed, although they produce sterile offspring. People often ask us what distinguishes a llama from an alpaca: apart from llamas being bigger and not quite so neatly-proportioned, the main differences are in the ears (banana-shaped in the case of llamas) and the tail, which llamas carry much higher.
Willie is a lovely, quiet lad who has already made friends with a number of our visitors. We are looking forward to learning much more about these remarkable animals, although their alpaca cousins will always remain the stars of the show.
As Willie and Whalon arrived, Leisel, Mayan and Nell left us for a wonderful, new, upmarket home at a rainforest retreat in southern Queensland. It’s always sad to say goodbye to our pacas, and we will never part with them unless we are certain they will have a good life.