Alpacas in Wales – level 2

21-03-2023 07:00

Several alpacas, which originally live in Peru, found a new home on a farm in West Wales.

The alpacas stay on a farm with 12 sheep and scientists from Aberystwyth University are studying how the animals live with each other and what impact the alpacas have on the area. The alpacas more easily spot predators, for example, foxes, which helps keep the sheep safe. Another benefit is that the alpacas eat invasive species of grass which leaves better grass for the sheep.

Scientists said that the alpacas had a big impact on the environment because they helped save peatlands. Peatlands were very important because they helped reduce carbon dioxide in the air.

Difficult words: benefit (a thing that brings a good result), invasive species (a plant or animal which starts to grow or live in a new place and it has a bad effect on it), peatland (an area of dark brown substance which comes from dead plants).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What other benefits do the alpacas provide to the farm and its environment?


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