Alpaca

They have been domesticated for thousands of years. There are no wild alpacas.


The closest living species are the wild Vicuña, also native to South America. Our Alpaca’s are sheared every summer; the wool is the finest fleece, being stronger and warmer than any other farmed animal. They make a variety of sounds such as clicks and snorts but are best known for their humming. Gestation period is 11 months. 1 young is born called a ‘Cria’.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Camelid, as Camels, Llama and Vicuna
Diet:
Hay or grasses, but can eat some other plants
Life Span:
generally live for up to 20 years+
Distribution:
From Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
Did you know?
Alpacas are heard animals, so do not like to be alone and make excellent friends!

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