The MidKent College youngsters came face-to-face with the woolly wonders – normally found in South America – during a recent visit to the Welsh mountain region.
Programme area leader Ant Finch said the alpacas are bred for their agility and are capable of completing trials similar to those carried out by dogs at Crufts.
He added: “They’re a great example of animals living outside their natural habitat, but walking around with them made it feel like we were in Peru.
“They’ve been used in films and adverts in the past and really are very capable animals.”
The students’ trip to Wales also included a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology, in Machynlleth, which exists to promote sustainability including renewable energy, eco-sanitation and organic food production.
They were also challenged to live sustainably throughout their stay by utilising solar panels, log fires and more.
“It is important our students understand the importance of environmental protection,” said Ant.
“There is a clear link between animal extinction and the loss of habitat caused by climate change, and we are keen to promote these issues and make sure people are aware of the impact they are having on the planet.”
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