Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) is an organization that manages a database housing pedigree and parentage information for registered alpacas. ARI is the only organization of its kind in the United States, but also registers alpacas in Canada and other countries throughout the world. ARI is currently a closed registry which means that every alpaca that is registered must be DNA tested and qualified as an offspring of two other ARI registered parents. If this cannot be qualified, the alpaca will not be registered.
In addition to maintaining the growing database of alpacas and DNA records, ARI manages lists of animals owned or sold by owners. Certificates of Registration are printed and provided to owners, displaying up to five generations of ancestry. Online queries available to ARI members can provide recorded and qualified ancestry for any alpaca in the database regardless of the number of generations, as well as other information.
Everyone that owns an ARI registered alpaca is automatically a member of ARI. We call this status ‘Alpaca Owner’ status. However, you can become a paid Associate Member of ARI for $14 per year or a Voting Member for $30 per year. Both Associate and voting Memberships have the added benefit of having full access to the search capabilities within our Alpaca Information Management System which enables you to conduct research on alpacas in our database. Voting membership also gives you the right to vote in the annual ARI election and any special elections that might be held, but is only available to people who own at least 25% of an alpaca.
First, and most important, is that before you agree to purchase an alpaca, you should request to see the ARI registration certificate to ensure the alpaca is definitely registered and that it is registered to the person who is offering it for sale. The registration holder's name is always at the top of the ARI certificate, located just under the alpaca’s name.
Once you have confirmed this and have a written purchase contract signed you will need to submit a transfer of registration. Either you or the seller can do this online, but the registration holder must sign the back of the ARI certificate and it must be mailed in to our office before the transfer can be complete. If you choose not to use our web site for the transfer, you will need to contact our office to obtain a copy of the ARI fee schedule and have the seller fill out the entire form on the back of the certificate and mail it all in with payment.
ARI tracks bloodlines for alpacas in the largest alpaca pedigree database in the world. This tracking supports alpaca value and continues to help the industry stay strong by providing a historical record of alpaca genealogy. Registration holders receive a certificate of registration from ARI that lists up to five generations of the pedigree, but all generations are tracked in the ARI database.
In order to register a new cria, you should obtain a login ID from ARI to access our Alpaca Information Management System. You can then register the cria by logging into the system and following the online instructions. Upon completion of the online registration process, you must also mail in a blood sample from the alpaca using an ARI DNA Blood Card. Blood Cards can be purchased from ARI on our web site.
ARI recommends that you begin the registration process by at least 2 months of age.
You will need to fill out a New Owner Application. You can do that by clicking the ‘Sign Up Today’ button on the main page of our web site. After completion please login and click on "View my...Account/Herd Code" to create your Account/Herd Code. You must have an Account number in order for someone to transfer alpacas to you or to register new alpacas. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (402) 437-8484.