The Mission of the Alpaca Research Foundation is to encourage and support scientific research which benefits the North American alpaca industry, primarily in the areas of alpaca health, husbandry, genetics, and fiber.


The Alpaca Research Trust was established by the ARI Board of Directors in December, 1997, as a Colorado, non-profit corporation for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. In 2003, what is now known as the Alpaca Research Foundation (ARF) became an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. Since its inception, ARF has been dedicated to funding medical and scientific research aimed at improving the health and vitality of North American alpacas. Only research that is conducted and evaluated under the peer-review process is funded and 100% of donations to ARF go directly to alpaca research. In addition, ARF works closely with the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), helping to set priorities for research funding and providing monetary support for projects administered through the Llama and Alpaca division of MAF.