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Alpacas visit Boulder Campus

April 26, 2013

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History hosts alpacas at UMC.

Join the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History from 2–5 p.m., Friday, April 26 at the University of Colorado (CU)—Boulder, University Memorial Center (UMC) fountain for an educational experience for audiences of all ages. Meet, photograph and learn about the huacaya (wah-KI-ah) alpaca.  

Domesticated 6000 years ago in the Central Andes, these camelids are the smaller cousins of camels and llamas, weighing 125 to 165 pounds. Native to South America, they are well suited to Colorado. They are ecologically sound, easily maintained, gentle, elegant and inquisitive.

At this program audiences will learn about the alpaca, how they are used and why they have become popular. According to Margit Tritt of Rocky Mountain Alpacas, “Alpacas are a sustainable animal; their manure is used for gardening, providing an excellent source of nutrients.” Tritt adds, “Raised for their luxurious fleece, the fiber of the alpaca is known for its thermal and insulating properties and is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly.” The alpacas that you will meet live on Tritt’s small farm in southwest Weld County.
Parking is available at CU’s Euclid AutoPark located between Broadway and 18th Street (east of the UMC).  The cost is $1.75 per hour for the first three hours. The UMC is easily accessed by bike, B-cycle, foot, and bus.
For more information about the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, to receive invitations to exhibit openings, sign up for regular museum updates, or become a museum member, visit cumuseum.colorado.edu or call 303.492.6892

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