Alpaca reading list


A lot of information about alpacas is South American, USA or Australian-based. The best way to find out how to keep alpacas in the UK is to contact your local BAS regional group or your nearest alpaca breeder, or sign up for one of the practical husbandry courses run by BAS members.

Alternatively, see the 'Alpacas for sale' list in the Suppliers directory on this website which features many breeders' contact details.

Below is a list of books published on alpacas:


The Complete Alpaca Book
Eric Hoffman with contributing authors
ISBN-10: 0-9721242-1-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-9721242-1-8
620 pages, 2006 (2nd edition)
Bonny Doon Press



Alpacas: Synthesis of a Miracle
Mike Safley
ISBN 0 970 9687 0 1
381 pages, 2001
Published by the author 


Llamas and Alpacas
A Guide to Management

Gina Bromage
ISBN-10: 10-86126-884-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-86126-884-6
208 pages, 2006
The Crowood Press 

The Camelid Companion: Handling and Training Your Alpacas and Llamas
Marty McGee Bennett
ISBN 0 9709916 0 6
400 pages, 2001
Raccoon Press




Caring for Llamas and Alpacas
Clare Hoffman and Ingrid Asmus
ISBN 0 9622768 2 0
171 pages, 4th edition 2003
Rocky Mountain Llama Association

Gold of the Andes, The Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas and Guanacos
Jorge Flores Ochoa, Kim MacQuarrie and Javier Portus
ISBN: 8 489 1190 07
638 pages, 1994
Francis O Patthey & Sons


Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care
Brad Smith, Karen Timm,
Patrick Long

ISBN 0 9646618 3 7
112 pages, 1996
Clay Press

Medicine and Surgery of
South American Camelids

Murray Fowler
ISBN 0 8138 0397
549 pages, 2nd edition 1998
Iowa State Press



Remember, the best way to find out about keeping alpacas in the UK is to join the British Alpaca Society and give yourself access to the national network for all things alpaca.