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7 Alpaca Fun Facts

Show off your knowledge of one of the softest, fuzziest animals there is! Here are some fun facts about alpacas.
  • Camelid family

    Alpacas are members of the camelid family. The most familiar member of this family would be the camel, but alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vincunas. There are also two different breeds of alpacas; huacaya and suri.

    Date Published: December 7, 2016
    Date Updated: December 7, 2016
  • Lifespan

    Alpacas generally live for around 15 to 20 years. The longest documented lifespan of an alpaca is 27 years.

    Date Published: December 7, 2016
    Date Updated: December 7, 2016
  • Humming along

    These quiet, docile animals make a very little amount of sound. Generally, alpacas only make a pleasurable humming sound. This sound serves as their means of communication or to express stress or concern. Periodically these animals will make a shrill sound, also known as an alarm call, which means they are frightened or angry.

    Date Published: December 7, 2016
    Date Updated: December 7, 2016
  • Babies

    A baby alpaca is called a cria. A cria normally weighs between 15 and 19 pounds and stands within 90 minutes of birth. The babies will continue to nurse for about six months, after which it is weaned.

    Date Published: December 7, 2016
    Date Updated: December 7, 2016
  • The fleece

    Most alpacas are raised for their soft fleece, also called fiber. Unlike sheep’s wool, the fleece from alpacas contains no lanolin, which means it requires less cleaning before it is spun. This splendid fleece comes in 16 official colors and can be dyed to create even more.

    Date Published: December 7, 2016
    Date Updated: December 7, 2016
  • Food and more

    Alpacas generally weigh between 100 and 200 pounds, which means they don’t require a lot of food. Approximately, alpacas eat two pounds per 125 pounds of body weight per day. They mainly eat grass or hay and have two sets of teeth for processing food. In the back of the jaw they have molars for chewing cud. In the front of the mouth, alpacas have teeth only at the bottom and a hard gum (referred to as the dental pad) on the top for crushing grass, grain or hay.

    Date Published: December 7, 2016
    Date Updated: December 7, 2016
  • Cleanliness

    Compared to other livestock breeds, alpacas are quite clean. With minimal aroma, they tend to attract less flies than other forms of livestock. Also, an interesting characteristic with alpacas is their communal dung piles. This means that most of the time alpacas will defecate in specific piles making for an easy clean-up, as there are usually only three or four of these piles across a pasture.

    Date Published: December 7, 2016
    Date Updated: December 7, 2016

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