Snout Cam at the Ready: the Alpacas of Prince Edward Island


On a recent visit to Canada’s Prince Edward Island, I expected to encounter plenty of lobsters, but did not anticipate a chance to hang out with a herd of alpacas. So, when the latter opportunity struck, I did what any sensible travel writer would do: I scrambled to engage the snout cam.

No, the folks of Prince Edward Island don’t eat alpacas, as is done in parts of the Andes, where the species originates. The alpacas of PEI are raised for their soft, luxuriously warm fleece. Note to lobsters: if you don’t want to get eaten, grow some fur. It worked for the alpacas.

In “Touching the money fur in Prince Edward Island,” just published in the San Diego Reader, I uncover the connection between camelids and 1980s rock music. And the connection between llama necks and vulnerable testicles.


About OmnivorousTraveler

Darrin DuFord is a travel writer, mapgazer, and jungle rodent connoisseur. His writing has won numerous awards and has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, Gastronomica, Roads & Kingdoms, Narratively, and Perceptive Travel, among other publications. He is the author of Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas (released in July 2016) and Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, silver medalist in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.
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