Alpaca

Vicugna pacos
The alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance. Alpacas were not bred to be pack animals but were bred specifically for their fiber. Similar to sheep wool, alpaca fiber is used to make knitted and woven items, such as clothing and other textiles. All alpacas can spit when they feel threatened, but this defense mechanism is usually reserved for other alpacas.

DIET

Alpacas generally eat hay or grasses but can eat
other plants.

FAST FACTS

Size: 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 feet height
Weight: 110 – 190 lbs
Lifespan: 5 – 10 years in
the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

DOMESTICATED