Alpacas

Alpaca

Alpacas

Did You Know?

Alpacas use a communal dung pile, where they do not graze. If one goes for a poo at the dung pile, others will get in line too.

All about Alpacas

Order:
Artiodactyla
Family:
Camelid
Group:
Vicugna
Lifespan:
20 years
Gestation:
11 ½ months
Habitat:
Semi - arid regions
Diet:
Herbivore - Grass, ferns and hay
Conservation Status:
Least Concern
Male:
Bull
Female:
Cow
Young:
Cria

Fun Facts!

There are 2 types of Alpaca Vicugna pacos – Huacaya and Suri. Huacaya Alpacas produce fiber that is soft and fuzzy, fine as cashmere and lighter and warmer than sheeps wool. While Suri fiber is silky and hangs in dreadlocks. Alpacas are usually shorn annually and produce 5 to 8 pounds of fleece a year.

At present there are about 3.5 million Alpacas in the Andean highlands, most of which can be found in Peru. They are ruminants (cud chewing animals). They are too small to be used as pack animals, their llama relatives do all the heavy lifting. Residing as herd animals and depend on the group for their safety and contentment.

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