The Alpaca, similar to their cousin the Llama in appearance, but smaller in size, are usually found in the Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Chilean and Bolivian Andes. However, on Sunday 28th April, they'll be a rare opportunity for the whole family to meet and greet two of these exotic furry creatures in suburban Melbourne.
Two friendly alpacas will be making their way to the store from Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas, Red Hill. They'll be a chance to pat and feed the animals, have a photograph taken with them, and chat to Alpaca breeders that will be on hand to answer questions related to fleecing, farming and rearing.
Alpacas are bred for their fibre, which in Australia, is fleeced and made into blankets, poncho's, hats, gloves and picnic rugs. Creswick Woollen Mills is the last coloured woollen spinning Mill in Australia, providing Alpaca fibre products to be sold to the public. The Creswick Natural Fibres in Elsternwick is the Wollen Mills' concept store, introducing their premium products to the city and surrounds.