Project Description

(Vicugna pacos)

The Alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance. Alpaca were not bred to be pack animals, but were bred specifically for their fiber.

Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, as well as sweaters, socks, coats, and bedding in other parts of the world.

Not all Alpaca spit, but are capable of doing so.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: South America

Weight: 110 - 190 lbs

Size: 2.5 - 3.5 feet tall

Lifespan: 15 to 20 years

Diet: Alpaca generally eat hay or grasses, but can eat other plants as well.

Conservation Status: Domesticated

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