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Alpaca

  • A female alpaca is called a hembra.
  • A male alpaca is called a macho.
  • A baby alpaca is called a cria.
  • Gestation length for an alpaca is 335 days (11 months).
  • The lifespan of an Alpaca is 20 years.
  • There are 2 breeds of Alpaca, Suri and Huacaya.
  • Alpaca stand approximately 3 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh 100 to 150 pounds.
  • The primary function of alpaca is fiber production. Alpaca fiber is very valuable. The fiber is lanolin-free and very soft.
  • There are 22 internationally recognized colors of alpaca fiber. 
  • Alpacas should be shorn once a year.