Alpaca & Muscovy

alpaca need shade in hot temperatures – even Indian Summer


I have been trying to capture some of our alpaca in the “bus shelter” additions to the mobile field shelters we have in each field… it has taken a long time because they are so friendly, when I approach they get up!

Anyway, by taking it from the orchard I finally managed this sneaky shot. They do so love chewing the cud in the shade it provides!

Alpaca, although from hotter climes originally, still desperately need shade in hot temperatures, especially the black alpaca. Failure to provide adequate shade can cause Hyperthermia, especially in young cria who – when overheating dehydrate very quickly; often fatally.

Adequate shade is required at all times, not just summer as we used to know it but in this Indian Summer too!