Give an Alpaca - charity gifts from Oxfam

By staff writers
March 9, 2007

Pick up an alpaca package today!

The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated breed originally from South America. It resembles a sheep in appearance, but is larger and has a long erect neck.

Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3500 to 5000 meters above sea-level, throughout the year. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas and unlike them are not used as beasts of burden but are valued for their fibre (wool), used for making blankets and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, blankets, socks and coats in other parts of the world. The fibre comes in more than 22 natural colours.

Your gift will enable farmers to buy and look after these fluffy fellas, and make a living from their wool, with shears, shelter, food and fences.

Give the gift of an alpaca kit through Oxfam. Visit the Oxfam Unwrapped charity gifts scheme. It can all be done quickly and easily online - just visit the Oxfam Unwrapped website for more details.

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