Habitat & Range
Raised in Peru for over five thousand years, the alpaca is also now raised in the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada. They are not considered a wild animal, as they have been domesticated for thousands of years.
The alpaca resembles a llama in appearance, however it is considerably smaller in size. Adult alpacas are generally between 32 and 39 inches tall at the withers and weigh 100 to 200 pounds.
Alpacas only eat 1 to 2 percent of their body weight per day. They are grazers that typically feed on grass, hay and alfalfa. Their diet is often supplemented with nutrient animal pellets.
Reproduction & Lifespan
Female alpacas are “induced ovulators”, which means it is the environment that leads to breeding, rather than the time of year. The gestational period averages 345 days and results in a single offspring. The average lifespan of an alpaca is 18 to 25 years. Fantastic Fact Wooly Mammal
Alpacas were bred specifically for their fiber, which is softer and warmer than sheep’s wool. The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors and is used around the world for items such as blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats and gloves.
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