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Information on llamas and alpacas can come from many sources,but there’s nothing like a book! Quite a few books on llamas and alpacas have been published… often self-published. You can find them online. Likely you know about Amazon, but do you know about ABE? It’s a very useful resource, described further down this page.  Llama books sometimes turn up on eBay too.

Several of the books cover both llamas and alpacas. (They are closely related, so a lot but not all information on one can help you with the other.)

Selected Llama and Alpaca books at Amazon

[1] With its technical content and hefty price tag, not everyone will want Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids, by noted veterinararian and researcher Dr. Murray Fowler. Especially if you are caring for expensive or dearly-loved animals, you may want a copy for yourself or to share with your own veterinarian. I remember the excitement when this book first came out.

It covers health care, disease, and surgery for llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicunas. Chapters include: general biology and evolution; feeding and nutrition; restraint and handling; procedures of clinical diagnosis; anesthesia; surgery; infectious diseases; parasites; multisystem disorders; the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive endocrine, hemic, lymphatic, cardiovascular, reproductive, urinary, and nervous systems; the sense organs; neonatology; congenital and hereditary conditions; toxicology; conformation and gaits; and finally, disaster and emergency management.

[2] If I were raising alpacas, I would do whatever I could to get my hands on a copy of The Alpaca Book, written by (disclaimer here) my old friend Eric Hoffman… NOT because he’s an old friend but because this 1995 book is the most comprehensive book that I know of on all aspects of alpaca care, written for beginners and experienced breeders alike.

But before you cheerfully click through to Amazon, I’d better warn you that this may not be an easy book to find at a good price. The day I checked Amazon, there was only one used copy listed for sale, for over $800! But not long before that, there had been a copy for about $75. I checked Abe, described at the bottom of this page, and the day I was there, there were no copies. Other places to look, which I didn’t, would be alibris.com and abe.com — they have used books from thousands of booksellers all over the world.

Interlibrary loan through your local public library is another option for any of these books.

[3] Alpacas: Synthesis of a Miracle, by Mike Safley, is another comprehensive book on alpacas. We bought one of our first llamas, Lil Bit, from Mike’s parents, and Mike has really been steeped in the business. While I haven’t seen this book myself, it looks like good competition for The Alpaca Book, reviewed just above here. The description on Amazon made me want to read it!

[4]The Camelid Companion: Handling and Training Your Alpacas and Llamas,
by Marty McGee Bennett, is the best book out there on the topic. I’ve watched Marty evolve her techniques over the years; we made a video with her when she was just getting started. She has made a tremendous difference to countless llamas, alpacas, and humans with her wise and effective methods.

The book isn’t cheap but it has over 400 pages and can solve many a problem for you, not to mention motivating you to get out there in the pasture and see what you can do! With Marty’s help, it will
be a lot.

[5]And here’s another book on llamas and alpacas by Marty McGee. This one is more of a coffee-table book enjoyable by anyone. A great gift,Llamas and Alpacas as a Metaphor for Life brings a lot of pleasure.

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