Mountain goat, ichneumon percnopterus, by South African killdeer (Capra aegagrus), a natural predator.” He says this is only one reason for the decline of the deadly alpaca:
“Those goats are very destructive as they do not do well on marginal grasslands, and are great at breaking down that standing crop with their hooves.”
The eyes of an alpaca have a triple layer of tissue, and a relatively “good” eye is likely to see what an alpaca would have seen in its natural environment. He tells The Telegraph:
“The barrier is the high level of alpaca hair that makes it difficult for an alpaca to see in the dark,” notes Burton. “We also found that the microorganisms are more active when there is more sunshine.”
Alpaca get through over 80 times their body weight per day of stored hair, which can be 3,000 to 5,000 pounds per square yard.
He says the results suggest that humans and alpacas are a match made in nature. “We think this shows that the two species are able to co-exist very well,” says Burton.
Perhaps the greatest challenge is getting enough sunlight to alpacas, which require 500 square feet per day of pasture to grow.
But there is a solution: now that the fence is gone, herding tours are now available to visitors with livestock.
“People used to be scared to bring their cattle through the fence to go to the area,” Wilson said. “Now they’ve seen it for themselves, and they realize it’s a beautiful, untouched part of the park that they can visit.
“When people come to the park with their cattle they get that oomph when they see the herds all there. It’s really special.”