Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association, Inc. (AOBA) when merged with Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) ARI then it was named Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA) was created in 2014 and is Located at Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2014 AOA was recorded as the world’s largest alpaca association with nearly 10,000 members and above 230,000 alpacas in its registered database. AOA provides an international marketing program for alpacas, their fiber products and magazine (Alpacas Magazine). AOA has more than 26 years of history and presently also continuing to provide support to the North American alpaca industry in growing their alpaca, alpaca fiber, and alpaca product businesses. AOA is a non-profitable association, managed by a team of eleven employees. AOA has a nine member board of directors. These nine individuals oversee the organization and are elected by the AOA membership to serve for three years term.
Alpacas are members of the camelid family i.e. the domesticated species of South American camelid. Alpacas live for around 15 to 20 years. Alpacas are safe and pleasant type of animals. Alpacas mainly eat grass or hay.
There is an academy which provides education and information of the entire alpaca community called Alpaca Academy.
Alpacas Magazine's first issue was published in 1990 by Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association's (AOBA). AOBA is one of the predecessors, of Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA). Breath-taking photography, well-written compelling stories, creative step-by-step instructions for fiber arts, innovative breeding and husbandry, the latest alpaca genetic information, and the most up-to-date industry news and scientific research are published in Alpacas Magazine.
The purpose behind creation of AOA is: