• Members of the Camelid family (Vicuna, Guanco, Llama and Alpaca)
• Native to Andean Mountain range of South America
• Primarily found in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile
• Provided clothing and transportation to the Incas
• First imported in the United States in 1984
• Domesticated for over 5,000 years
• Two kinds of Alpacas: Huacaya (pronounced wah-KI-ya) and Suri (pronounced surrey)
• Huacaya fiber is short, dense, crimpy and gives a woolly appearance
• Suri fiber is silky and resembles pencil-like locks
• Short and low set tail
• Have soft padded feet with two toes
• Do not have horns, hooves, incisors, or upper teeth
• Eat grass and chew cud
• Adult alpacas generally weigh between 125 and 200 lbs.
• Average height is 36 inches at the withers
• Adaptable to any climate
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Alpaca ownership can be for both pleasure and profit. If you are looking for livestock that is ideal for small or large acreage, is hardy and provides a luxurious highly valued fiber then alpaca ownership may be for you. Alpacas are lovable and endearing animals that are a pleasure to be around and to work with on a daily basis. Alpacas generally have an easy going nature and natural curiosity, which makes them easy to handle. They are robust and adapt well to many climates.
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