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Peru is Home of the Alpaca

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A pair of young alpacas at the pre-Inca burial site of Sillustani, Peru.

Peru is the leading producer of alpaca fiber and has the largest population in the world of this camelid species.

Peru’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry informs that Peru produces more alpaca fiber than anywhere else in the world, according to Andina.  Considering that Peru is home to 87% of the world’s alpacas, this is hardly surprising.

These announcements were made this past Friday to coincide with National Alpaca Day in Peru, which is celebrated every August 1st.

Another bit of good news is that the alpaca population is increasing in Puno and Cusco, growing by more than 50% in 2017 so far.

The alpaca is also significant because it is one of the healthiest meats on the market.  Although some may be offended by the idea of eating the adorable (and adored) animal, alpaca meat is higher in protein and iron while being lower in cholesterol than other meats.

Due to the continuing and growing importance of the camelid, the Ministry of Agriculture is looking to grow better kinds of grass to improve the alpaca’s diet.

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Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.