Alpacas

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Scientific Name: Vicugna pacos Origin: South America Life Span: 20-25 Years Average Height: 81-99cm (at the withers)

5 FACTS:

  1. Alpacas are members of the camelid family, which also includes camels, llamas, vicanas and guanacos
  2. The fleece from Alpacas is prized by spinners for its softness, and is warmer and lighter in weight than wool
  3. Cria (pronounced cree-ah) is the name for a baby alpaca. It comes from the Spanish word Cria meaning "baby"
  4. The most common sound that alpacas make is a sort of “humming sound”, which is quite often described as a kind of musical purring
  5. Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas more than 6,000 years ago and raised for their exquisite fleece

You will usually find our Alpacas outside in The Paddock