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"Any question you ever have, the answer you will find in Nature - if you know where to look, and how to ask."

Bryce Courtenay - The Power of One

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  • What the fluff is an alpaca kiss?
    An Alpaca initiated 'kiss' is a very special and magic moment to experience - and to capture on film forever. Alpaca's are naturally inquisitive and gregarious, and it seems that their preferred way of getting to know you is to 'look deep into your eyes', to achieve this they have mastered the 'kiss' (very very delicate forehead or cheek bump) strategy. Two creatures on equal terms, stripped of pretense, lightly present to one another and formally greet. The nature of a 'kiss' is always very very gentle, soft and dry; however, guests are in control of whether it is a 'kiss' on their presented hand, their cheek, a forehead bump or simply an 'air-kiss'. Either way an unforgettable experience and makes for a great photo and memory. It is a rare moment in life where for a few seconds it is 100% just you and Mother Nature. Truly one of nature's special moments, worthy of a place on one's bucket list. Second only to a 'kiss' by a dolphin. For some the process is natural and easy, for others there can be natural trepidation even though the true-self may be willing. However, Alpacas seem to have a 'special something' that allows them to dissolve stress and anxiety on contact - aka Alpaca Magic! To quote Shakespeare ...."One touch of nature makes the whole world kin" (last two images by Ben Howland) It is important to note that health authorities indicate that there is an increased risk of contracting zoonotic diseases if people have close interaction with animals (e.g. letting a dog lick your face). There are precautions that can lower the risk. There are certain people in the community who are at greater risk. Alpaca Kisses handlers always carry sanitiser for your immediate use and you are encouraged to wipe over any areas of skin contact that you may have had and to use soap and water on your hands before eating. For more details click here Petting Zoos and Personal Hygiene - NSW Government. For health reasons Alpaca Kisses asks that you DO NOT ACTIVELY TRY AND KISS THE ALPACAS (or any other type of animal for that matter). In the context of Alpaca Kisses 'kisses' we are referring to the natural habit that alpacas have of presenting their noses to each other and to new human friends.
  • What regions do you service?
    We strive to bring a touch of nature to the following regions when possible. Greater Sydney The Hawkesbury (our home) Hunter Valley Blue Mountains Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands If we have not included your area, please give us a call anyway ....we'll see what we can do. In general our range includes all areas within 3hrs travel from Richmond, NSW.
  • Alpacas at a wedding - I don't get it!
    At first glance it may seem a bit quirky and out-there, a bit “What the fluff’! However, against all logic and reason Alpaca Kisses is finding that its services are starting to become very popular. The ‘I don’t get it’ regarding the concept evaporates very quickly when you attend a wedding with alpacas and get to witness and experience firsthand their amazing capacity as social catalysts. Sure, it will not be everyone's cup of tea, but consider for a moment the answer to the following How could we entertain our guests between Ceremony and Reception when we’re away with the photographer? What can we do to help break the ice between the respective families and friends that would be very disarming, heaps of fun and extremely engaging? How can I celebrate and acknowledge my (or my partner’s) South American heritage? What could we do that would entertain equally all ages? How could we make our wedding a little different to all the others? What wedding present could I give that would be unique and remembered forever? I’m a country Gal/Lad how can I bring ‘country’ to my special day? We can’t afford a large white stallion or horse drawn carriage. What else could we do? What could I arrange for the wedding day that would absolutely thrill and surprise my partner? We love animals, they are a significant part of our life. How can we express, experience and celebrate this on our special day? We have a great respect and reverence for the natural world, for Mother Nature. How can we have our union witnessed and blessed by ‘her’? How can we have ‘her’ represented at our ceremony? What could we do to provide a Wow Factor to our day (not surpassing the beauty of the bride) that we could also customize with accessories to create a seamless tie-in to the aesthetic of the day? If we were to have some animals in attendance what creatures are universally adored, are friendly (when event-trained), curious, well mannered, easy to handle, quiet, able to travel in lifts, house-trained, low-risk, social, exotic, photogenic, able to look both regal and cute at the same time and be affordable? What is the land equivalent of receiving a ‘kiss’ from a dolphin? As a couple we travelled extensively, including South America. How can we pay homage to this formative shared experience on our wedding day? What can we do to help our more reserved, anxious and ‘stiff’ guests to ‘chill’, relax a little and to ‘let go’? What is something unique and special that we could do for Jane’s Bridal Shower? What would make for an unforgettable proposal? We don’t really have someone lined up as a ring bearer, what else could we do? What photo props could we have that would compliment classical shots and in addition make for fun and spontaneous photos - for both us and our guests? Often the motivation has no pragmatism attached and is simply “Honey, do you know what. This is our day and, if I was to let go of social expectations and norms, what I’d really love to have at our wedding is alpacas! I just adore them. They are my favorite animal!” More often then not it is the groom expressing this or being the impetus for the gifting of the ‘surprise attendance’ of alpacas on the day. When considering the above it soon becomes clear why some couples (or gift givers) are choosing this fun wedding experience enhancement. Experienced interaction facilitators (handlers) accompany each alpaca promoting and creating moments of ‘alpaca magic’. Moments where eruptions of giggles and laughter breaks-the-ice of a diverse social gathering of strangers to moments of reverence, where hearts melt, time stands still and for a moment the whole world is kin.
  • What is the approximate cost?
    The cost to have an alpaca attend your event could start from around $350. The cost is calculated based on the nature of the function, number of alpacas, the day of the week, associated travel time and whether you'd like us to take photos for you. You can work out the approximate cost by using our Cost Estimator Page or contact us for a obligation free quote. Quotes are valid for 30 days. Please note that the income generated from the more celebratory and commercial engagements that we do helps subsidise our Education, Assisted Intervention Services, Community Fund-Raisers and Volunteer Work (e.g. our no-fee visits to The Children's Hospital - Westmead). Terms and Conditions
  • How can I secure the date for my special occassion?
    Easy - with a 50% deposit. The terms are pretty friendly 60% of deposit is refundable up to 14 days out from the event. 40% of deposit is refundable between 6 and 13 days out. Balance is required by 5 days out. No refunds if cancellation made within 5 days of the event. Unfortunately due to the number of enquiries we are unable to reserve/hold/put-aside or pencil-in a date for you. First in with a deposit (after recieving confirmation of availability from us) get's the day. We of course can place you on a waiting list in case someone who gets a deposit in before you later cancels. After recieving a formal quote and confirmation of availability from us you can make a deposit here - click Good luck! Book early :).
  • How do I make a booking?
    Easy! Drop us an email and tell us. 1. The nature of the event i.e. Wedding, Birthday Party etc. 2. The proposed date and start time. 3. How many alpaca's you would like to attend your event. 4. How long you would want them for. 5. The name of the venue and the address. 6. Whether you would like an Alpaca Kisses' photographer. 7. We then send you notice of availability and a formal quote. You can get an estimate from our 'Estimate' page right now if you like. 8. After receiving the quote you can reserve the date by paying a deposit via our 'Make a Reservation' page. 9. Closer to the date a final payment can then be made via our 'Pay Balance' page. 10. We arrive on the day and facilitate fantastic interactions and unique photo shoots. Feel free also to give us a call or use our 'Contact' or 'Quote' page to contact us. We look forward to having a chat. Cheers The Alpaca Kisses Crew
  • What are the Booking Terms and Conditions?
    You can download terms and conditions here.
  • How much fleece will the alpaca have on the day of my reservation?
    Excellent question! Alpacas have been domesticated predominately for the value of their unique and beautiful fleece. Like sheep they need to have their fleece removed in summer. When the fleece is removed they look totally different - but still adorable in their own special way. Still have big eyes, still hum, turn heads, help 'break the ice' and still'kiss'. If this is important to you it is best to call and see what stage fleece growth will be at at the time of your function - we don't want any last minute surprises on your special day! In general our alpacas are shorn anytime between early October to late November each year. Their fleece grows at a rate of around 12mm/month. Check out the extreme looks below - 1 days growth compared to 8 months growth to 12months.
  • Do I need to check with the venue before booking Alpaca Kisses?
    YES. It is important to confirm with your intended venue that they are happy to host a professional alpaca interaction experience. We have an information pack that we can email to the venue manager that includes Alpaca Kisses's Certificate of Currency, Risk Assessment and general information regarding on-site logistics and hygiene. The venue is welcome to contact us directly if they need more information or have specific instructions or limitations for us. Please note there are no refunds for circumstances where the venue refuses or limits venue access on the day of your function.
  • How can I customise my alpaca experience on the day?
    Accessories Most of our Alpacas are happy to bare simple accessories such as a Bow Tie or a Garland. The expectation is that these accessories are to be provided by you and that they are free of sharp edges or protrusions and can be installed around the neck with a means of quick release. The inside diameter of a garland should be approx. 200 - 240mm. Please note that a garland with real flowers runs the risk of being consumed by the wearer's buddy. Artificial are best if possible, but not essential. Amy from Wedding Paws has a great selection of Bow Ties and Garlands etc as does Shelley of Pets as Guests. Please give us a call if you have any questions. Halter Alpaca Kisses use an elegant black cord head halter and lead set. An alternate colour (at additional fee) may be possible upon request if enough lead time is provided. Handler Uniform The standard uniform for Alpaca Kisses' Handlers is smart casual (navy pants, grey top, leather boots) with optional branded earth toned apron. Upon request, Alpaca Kisses are happy for it's handlers to wear an alternate apron supplied by you. We can also, when requested, dress it up to cocktail, lounge, formal and black-tie level.
  • How many alpacas should I have? How long should I have them for?
    Good questions! Every event is different, with VIPs and organisers having different needs and aspirations - however you may find the following guidence useful Wedding Formal Photos+Post Ceremony Interaction with up to 50 Guests = 2 alpacas for 1hr. Formal Photos+Post Ceremony Interaction with 50-100+ Guests = 2 alpacas for 1 - 1.5hrs. Ceremony+Formal Photos+Post Ceremony Interaction with 50 -100+ Guests = 2 alpacas for 1.5 - 2hrs. We highly recommend that you consider having 2 alpacas if ~ you are keen on the classic, balanced 'bookend' type photographs ~ the venue and surrounding grounds are large and spacious ~ you want your photographs to have more of a rural and agricultural feel to them ~ the venue is over 2hrs from Richmond, NSW ~ there will be lots of young children ~ you would like a presence at both the formal ceremony and during the cocktail hour ~ you are expecting 50+ attendees The benefits of having two or more include ~ greater handler/alpaca coverage for the session ~ greater opportunity for all guests to get photos and a 'kiss' ~ two or more handlers can help make photo staging more efficient ~ one alpaca backs-up the other, should one be having a 'bad hair day' Birthday Party / Function 5 -10 guests = 2 alpaca for 1hr 10 - 30 guests = 2 alpacas for 1hr. 30 - 60 guests = 2 alpacas for 1-1.5hrs 60 - 90 guests = 2 alpacas for 1.5-2hrs 90+ guests = 2+ alpacas for 1.5-2hrs Bridal Shower (Walk & Talk type) 3-5 guests = 2 alpacas for 1hr 5-15 guests = 2 alpaca for 1hr 10-20 guests = 2 - 3 alpacas for 1hr Community Fund-Raiser (School Fete, Cultural Fair, Charity Fun Run etc) 2 alpacas for 3hrs Age Care Village 100+ guests in a large circle + a few room visits. 2 alpacas for 1-2hrs. 100+ guests in rooms. 2 alpacas for 2-3 hrs. Corporate/Institute - 'Kissing Booth' Type Set-up 60 -100 guests / hour if 2 alpacas and the guests are orderly and have photos as pairs or as small groups. 180 - 200 / 3hrs if 2 alpacas and the guests are orderly and have photos as pairs or as small groups. We hope that helps. Feel free to give us a call if you would like to discuss your particular needs and find out what would suit your event best.
  • Do alpacas spit?
    Only if you call them a llama! Seriously though, if threatened, feeling vulnerable, trapped or feel the need to dominate or hold their ground, alpacas can certainly let you know. In the absence of arms, or the the ability to bare arms, they have mastered the fine art of 'spitting' as their means of defence or domination (although llamas are more prone to exhibiting the trait). 'Spitting' is probably not the right term as generally it is a content free shot of hot air, usually reserved for one or two other alpacas in the paddock who have been testing them, arking them up and 'pushing their buttons'. At Alpaca Kisses we have very carefully selected, trained and acclimatised our alpacas to feel at ease and comfortable when working with and near people. Very often an alpaca will give a few physical and audible warning signs before resorting to sending some hot air your way. Our handlers are very aware of what these signs are and in most cases are able to quickly defuse any human-animal misunderstandings before any formal 'exchanges' are made between the parties.. Basically, if you follow some basic rules and respond to the instructions from our handlers your interaction should be unforgettable - for the right reasons.
  • What is the best way to say hello to an alpaca?
    In general paddock alpacas are very timid and flighty. These are natural instincts that serve them well and help them avoid harm and predation. Unless specifically trained and handled it is quite difficult to physically interact with alpacas. However, if trained and acclimatised to being around people it is possible to dampen these instincts and have them be comfortable with people and in busy noisy environments. Every alpaca is different, however in general these guidelines will help you with your interaction – which can be very special and memorable when it occurs. Before approaching the alpaca directly, ask the handler for any interaction tips. Alpacas aren’t particularly fans of being touched so keep contact very slow, reserved and brief. Best to let the alpaca make the approach and the moves. Try not to rush towards an alpaca or make quick arm/hand movements towards the alpaca. Keep movements slow and reserved. Do not grab, hold or restrain the alpaca. This can be particularly scary for alpacas. They can feel trapped and vulnerable. Avoid surprising them with a touch or pat on their back or rump. This can initiate a reactive back leg kick out with some alpacas. A slowly presented low flat hand can prompt an alpaca to greet it with a gentle ‘kiss’ or gently take a treat that you may have for them. If you are keen for a ‘kiss’ then place your head down at their level and softly hum (‘mmmm’). If the stars are aligned at the time, the alpaca will approach and say hello by very gently and softly placing their nose momentarily against yours. This is a very special moment. When it occurs, time seems to stand still and for an instant it is just you and mother nature. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin” ~ William Shakespeare Be patient and gentle. The handler will know how best to facilitate interaction for you. Listen carefully to them and follow their instructions. They may even move the alpaca away from you (‘reset’) and then re-approach you to initiate a new interaction moment. Give the alpaca space. Wait your turn for interaction. Like us, alpacas are not fans of being overcrowded. Do not feed the alpacas unless the handler indicates that it is ok. Please understand that the handler may need to remove the alpaca from the setting to permit a toilet break or the like. ASK THE HANDLER FOR SOME LIQUID HAND SANITISER AFTER YOUR INTERACTION. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER CONTACT WITH SOAP AND RUNNING WATER BEFORE EATING.
  • What are the options if rain is forcast for my event?
    Our alpacas have the capacity to work in many indoor settings, under marquee or from our branded van and awning. If rain on the day forces all to chase shelter the Alpaca Kisses' AlpaCar can extend it's awning and fuction as a nice little 'Photo Kissing Booth'. As the above is possible there is no general provision for refunds based on ‘non-preferred’ weather conditions. In circumstances where the customer (via a call, text or email) cancels a booking within the window of 72 to 24 hours out from the event time due to the BOM forecasting a high chance of rain for the time of the event, Alpaca Kisses will allocate a credit (not a refund) to the customer to the value of the full fee minus 20%.To be eligible for this wet weather credit option the customer at the time of the reservation must indicate that for them wet weather would significantly detract from the ‘alpaca interaction experience’. A wet alpaca is happy and friendly, but we acknowedge that they are not so warm, fluffy and cuddly. If your whole function is relocated to a non-alpaca friendly venue or cancelled altogether due to hazardous weather conditions (i.e. official forecasts of temp >40 degrees or rain > 7mm/hr or wind > 60 km/h) we will refund 100% of all fees paid.
  • Can we come and visit your farm?
    We have a small hobby farm with many animals, however we like to keep our little place as a sanctuary for our family and for our animals. It is a place where we all love coming home to, a place where we can relax and shake-out after a hard days work. So, unfortunately, the facilitation of farm visits is not something that we do. We can though organise a Walk & Talk type service for you at a location of your choice. Just fill out the quote request form and we'll get back to you. Alternatively, you may want to check out some local alpaca farms in your area. Some farms do welcome visitors. Be sure to call and check first. For more details on farms in your area check out the Australian Alpaca Association website.
  • Do alpacas make for good pets?
    Yes, they can do. It is somewhat dependent on your definition of 'pet'. Unlike dogs, which have been bred to be a task orientated animal, including companionship, alpacas are a herd animal that has been specifically bred for its fleece. Alpacas will not sit, roll-over and fetch slippers on command. However, with early and continued gentle interaction, whilst living as part of a herd, they will come over and say G'day, hum, give you a 'kiss', eat from your hand, tolerate a hug, be happy to be halter led and if you are lucky will teach you the fine art of paddock parkour (a.k.a pronking). The secret is... 1. have more than one. They are happiest when with buddies. An alpaca that imprints onto humans and does not have the opportunity to interact and socialise with other alpacas can start to become quite belligerent towards their handlers and other humans - research Berserk Syndrome. The 'aww so cute' factor tends to wear off pretty quickly when 70kgs in 4WD mode eventually wishes to treat you just like another alpaca. The best prevention is an upbringing in a herd environment. 2. on a daily basis, and from a young age, continuously interact with your alpacas if you are after alpacas that you can easily interact with. 3. have realistic expectations (e.g. they are principally livestock that will live up to 20 yrs and grow up to 80kgs with withers at up to 1m), be kind, be patient and be diligent with your consistency of interaction and care. 4. have an affinity and budget for all the usual husbandry required to maintain happy and healthy livestock on your land e.g. dog-proof fencing, acreage, good clean pasture that is tick-free, a transport option, mucking-out of manure, have an effective crush, vet visits, shearing options, worm egg counting ability, drenching, vaccinating, vitamin shots, cleaning, nail and teeth trimming, supplementary feeding, supply of permanent water, keep cool in summer peaks and secure stand-in care when on vacation. 5. establish a relationship with professionals in the industry (farmers, vets, suppliers, shearers etc.) who have experience in caring for alpacas. 6. familiarise yourself with this Code of Welfare for Alpacas and Llamas. 7. check out specialised periodicals such as the World of Alpacas Magazine and the Camelid Connections Magazine. 8. chat with support, education and industry organisations such as the Australian Alpaca Association and AgriFutures before deciding to adopt a few alpacas. Check out our Alpaca Welfare Overview page to see what 'ducks you'd need to line up' if you were contemplating caring for a few alpacas.
  • What is an Animal Assisted Activity?
    Following is how the NSW Ministry of Health defines Animal Assisted Activity "Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) refers to casual activities of the ‘meet and greet’ kind that involves animals and handlers visiting patients and their families at the bedside or in common areas. Specially trained volunteers or professionals with animals that meet specific criteria deliver AAA in programs designed to reduce anxiety, increase tactile contact, improve self-esteem and stimulate interaction. AAA is also attributed to improving staff morale and assisting staff during some procedures, especially with children, by providing a welcome distraction."
  • What is Animal Assisted Therapy?
    Following is how the NSW Ministry of Health defines Animal Assisted Therapy "Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a structured mode of tailored individual therapy run under professional supervision, with animals trained for the role. AAT is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning of the patient, as well as providing educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. AAT can be delivered to individuals or groups undertaking structured rehabilitation and recovery programs to improve strength, range of motions, balance, memory, speech and interaction."
  • How do llamas differ from alpacas?
    The differences Llama vs Alpaca bred as beast of burden (carry 40kg for 40km!) vs beast of fleece (softer then cotton and warmer then down) 200kg vs 70kg 2m vs 1.4m tall 1.1 vs 0.9m at wither straight vs rounded back laid-back vs more cautious temperament coarse vs soft, luxurious fleece chase off a large dog vs needs protection from one carry heavy loads or tow a cart vs very light loads only large banana vs small spear shaped ears high and cocked vs low and held in tail carriage little or no face wool vs face wool double vs single coated fleece any colour or pattern vs an industry preference for solid colours more prone vs less prone to spitting longer vs blunter face more vs less independent like people vs tolerate people more like a dog vs more like a cat high plateaus of Bolivia vs central and southern Peru Similarities include Camalid Family - and thus distant relatives of the Camel. Can act as livestock guardians. Gentle and inquisative. Easy to handle. Leg wool. Domesticated around 6000yrs ago. Call South America home. Other points of interest Llamas, Guanaco, Alpacas and Vicunas are cousins and all share a common ancestor. Llapaca (or Huarizo) is the progeny of a llama crossed with an alpaca.
  • What are some basic facts about alpacas?
    CAUTION: the following has been discerned from random browsing of the internet and is intended to provide a very rudimentary collection of introductory information about alpacas. This information should be verified through traditional research methods before being used to inform any articles, research or projects. Alpacas are domesticated versions of vicuñas, South American camelid that live high in the Andes. Alpacas are related to llamas, which are domesticated versions of another wild Andean camelid, the guanaco. People in the Andes began to domesticate them about 6,000 years ago. Llamas are used as pack animals, alpacas are raised mainly for their soft wool. Some Andean people eat alpaca meat. In Peru, it is often served in upscale restaurants Llamas and alpacas can crossbreed. The offspring are called huarizo. There are two breeds of alpaca, the Huacaya (pronounced wua'ki'ya) and the Suri (soo'ree ). Huacaya – soft bonnet of Fibre Suri – silky dreadlocks of fibre Alpacas were close to annihilation after the Spanish conquest of the Incas. They survive in relatively small numbers. 99 percent of the world population of alpacas is found in South America, in herds at altitudes of around 3,500 to 5000m. Peru at approximately 4 million has 75% of the world population. Bolivia around 500,000 and there are only some 50,000 in Chile and Argentina combined. Imported to Australia and New Zealand in 1989. Alpacas are currently farmed across the temperate and cooler parts of Australia. By 2001 Australia had 40,000 alpacas. As at 2011-12, the registered herd size in Australia was around 132 000 with an estimated fleece production of 188 tonnes of fibre with a gross value of AU$2.6M.. In 2018 there are 200,000 alpacas registered with 2,300 breaders. The total national could therefore be up near 400,000. A recent demand from China for fleece is driving an Austrlian Industry push to get numbers up to 1 milllion by 2021. These unique animals begin life as crias. As they hit the adolescent years, they're called tuis, then grow into hembras (adult females) and machos (adult males). Alpacas are herd animals and are happiest when in the company of other alpacas. Live 15 -20 yrs. Grow to 1m at shoulder. Weigh 50 – 85kg. Gestation of 11 months. Birth weight of 6 -8kgs Australian industry recognises 16 different colours – from black, to tan to white. Second strongest animal fibre in the world, after mohair. Alpacas can spit when they are distressed or feel threatened. Spitting is mostly reserved for other alpacas, but an alpaca will also occasionally spit at a human, particularly if the human is restraining them, pulling their fleece or leg or got on their ‘bad side’ (e.g. called them a llama). Alpacas communicate through humming (“mmm”) and by ear and tail positions and body postures. Alpacas don't have teeth in the top-front of their mouths. So, although a serious bite from one is extremely unlikely a curious little ‘nip’ could occur. The alpaca is an herbivore, grazing on grass and munching weeds, shrubs and trees. They process their food through 3 stomachs where special secretions enable the animal to absorb 50% more nutrients than sheep – allowing them to get away with only consuming 1.5% of their weight/day. Alpacas use a communal dung pile. Unique nanobodies produced by the alpaca immune system may, in the future, be used by scientists in the fight against COVID-19. The four-legged ‘bounce’ when running is known as a pronk and is a joy to witness.
  • What type of events have enquired about using your alpacas to date?
    Weddings - pre-ceremony, down the aisle, ring bearer, bookend the ceremony, post-ceremony, formal photographs, cocktail hour entertainment, reception photobooth, ring bearer. Birthdays - from 1st to 60th. Bridal Shower Yr12 Muck-up Day Mothers & Fathers Day School Fares and Fetes Cancer Council Fundraiser Farmers Appeal Fundraiser Expo Entertainment Festivals Corporate Activation/Recharge RUOK Day Corporate Visit National Book Reading Initiative Studio Shoot Conference Entertainment Corporate Birthday X-mas Parties Picnic Days Bat/Bar Mitzvah Nursing Home Visit Sports Team Mascot Media Talent Agency 'Because I just love them' Community Fair Corporate Charity Fundraiser Radio Interview Store Birthday - Shopping Centre Treat for International Guest Celebrate Graduation Alpaca Product Store promotion Portrait Sitting Celebrate Graduation Faculty Ball Engagement Party Corporate Animal Therapy Corporate Recharge Kissing Booth Magic Trick (Young girl was turned into an Alpaca!) School Formal Marriage Proposals Black Tie Masquerade Party
  • How do you know that the alpacas are not stressed and are comfortable with the interactions that are occurring?
    Good question… and a very important one! ‘Happy’ alpacas are an absolute priority for Alpaca Kisses. Beyond an unequivocal fundamental internalised engrained drive for exemplary animal welfare, we are acutely aware that without ‘happy’, healthy and trusting alpacas we don’t have a business – period. Alpaca Kisses is guided by the New Zealand Government's Llama and Alpaca Code of Welfare issued under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. NSW Government's Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012 to which the Code of Practice for the welfare of animals in films and theatrical performances is attached. We use the RSPCA's following definition of good animal welfare as a guiding principle - "The RSPCA considers that the welfare of an animal includes both physical and mental states. Ensuring good animal welfare goes beyond preventing pain, suffering or distress and minimising negative experiences, to ensuring animals can express their natural behaviour in an enriching environment, feel safe, have healthy positive experiences and a good quality of life. Thus providing good animal welfare means providing animals with all the necessary elements to ensure their physical and mental health and a sense of positive individual wellbeing." We carefully assess all production settings and have production companies give notice to the RSPCA of any filming and performance intentions. Alpaca Kisses is authorised by the NSW Department of Primary Industries to conduct mobile exhibits (as per the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986) and is audited every 12 months. The following informs our belief that we are on the right track Vet assessments by alpaca specialists declare “excellent health”. The alpaca appetites are healthy. The alpacas ‘hang-out’ with us at home. They readily come up to us to see what we are doing and will often park themselves nearby. When opportunity presents, they on their own accord (without our presence, prompt or food), readily jump into (and hang out in) their van. The van that transports them weekly to various events and functions. Interaction with guests is initiated by the alpacas. The handlers lead is loose or in slight tension due to the alpaca favoring the interaction. When on assignment and amongst guests the alpacas will readily kush, scratch, toilet, eat, lie down and roll over. When on assignment with more than one alpaca they readily circulate and mingle amongst guests independently from one another. Their ears are upright and relaxed, and their persona is dominated by curiosity. When penned on-site they readily initiate interaction with pen-side guests. Our alpacas are 'forward' in nature and actively seek repeated interaction opportunities. Although the markers of ‘happy’ stress-free alpacas is very strong we remain diligent and ready to modify practices should any signs of stress start appearing. Note: The above behaviors are particular to our ‘event-trained’ alpacas. Timid, flighty, reserved, super cautious and even dominating and threatening mannerisms amongst ‘paddock’ alpacas is normal for the species and should not be viewed necessarily as a sign of an ‘unhappy’ or chronically stressed alpaca. It is simply their natural survival instinct at play.
  • What dates do you have available?
    We can provide services every day of the week. You need to email us to confirm availability before making a deposit. Once confirmed by us, the date and time can be reserved with a payment of a deposit. The gang will be taking a well earned break from 18th Dec 2020 through to 14th Jan 2021.
  • Who have been some of your clients and hosts?
    To name a few - Government House (Canberra) NSW State Library The Mint Easy Weddings Four Seasons Hotel NSW Department of Education Wesley Mission Salvation Army Australian Library and Information Association - ALIA Scholastic Australia ANZ's OnePath - CBD Burnham Grove Estate Bendooley Estate Gunner's Barrack Mother's Day Classic Foundation Story Box Library The National Wedding Directory Hawkesbury Gazette The Botanica - Vaucluse St Ives Shopping Centre McGraths Real Estate The Love Affair Woollahra Municipal Council Cathlic Education Diocese of Parramatta The Grounds - Alexandria The Children's Hospital - Westmead Doltone House Maybe Sammy Breeanna Maree Barangaroo Curzon Hall Westfields, Bondi Junction Pulse, Ogilvy - Sydney Pier One, Sydney Charter Hall Margot Kimpton, Sydney Dunbar House, Watsons Bay Live Shows Pty Ltd Luna Park, Sydney
  • Where are some of the most extraordinary places you have taken your alpacas?
    Mitchell Reading Room of the NSW State Library Government House, Canberra Level 5, Kent Street, Sydney Grosvenor Place Piazza Double Decker Red London Bus Grand Ball Room, Four Seasons Hotel - Sydney Rosehill Gardens Racecourse St Ives Shopping Centre The Botanica, Vaucluse The Children's Hospital - Westmead A back alley in Woolloomooloo ...and once we had a young girl turned into an alpaca by a magician.
  • Can Alpaca Kisses supply Gift Voucers or Gift Cards?
    Yes - we sure do! Check out our Gift eCards.
  • What does COVID-19 mean for animals in our care?
    Considerations for the Management of Non-Domestic Species in Human Care During COVID-19.
  • What precautions are you taking regarding COVID-19?
    Check out our Covid-19 page here.
  • Why does it cost so much?
    Maintaining six event-ready alpacas is fulltime work. Event-ready means - happy, healthy, vacinated, clean, calm, friendly & confident. It takes several hours to clean and groom an alpaca for a function. Fees cover the cost of travel to you and the wages for the handlers. We maintain comprehensive Public Liability insurance. The alpacas require continued access to clean safe paddocks and supplimentary nutrients. Below shows the transformation that occurs for functions.
  • Are the Alpaca Kisses' handlers/interaction facilitators double vaxxed for COVID19?
    Yes, they are.
  • How do you manage the risks associated with transporting the alpacas and facilitating direct interactions with the public in a variety of settings?
    Managing the risks is definitely the key to providing a relaxed and trusted service. We have conducted a comprehensive risk assessment and have refined practices over the years to mitigate those risks. Upon your enquiry we are happy to share this risk assessment with you as well as details regarding our PL insurance. We are authorised by the DPI to 'exhibit' the alpacas in our care and we complete a TSS when transporting them. Don't hesitate to contact us directly should you have any concerns regarding alpaca welfare or public safety.
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