The Alpaca industry had the foresight in 1989 to create one of the most sophisticated animal registries in existence. Virtually all of the Alpacas In North America are registered. The registry protects the existing gene pool and helps ensure that each breeder’s investment is also protected from cross breeding with llamas and guanacos. Parentage must be established for purposes of registering Alpaca offspring. Each baby is blood typed to prove its dam and sire. The University of California at Davis Serology lab maintains the Alpaca blood type data bank.