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.

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