Alpaca

The Alpaca, a member of the camelid family from South America, is a domesticated relative of the Guanaco and the Vicuña who is bred for its luxurious, soft coat. The Alpaca is frequently confused with the llama, but while both domesticated South American camelids, they are two distinct species; the Alpaca being the smaller of the two, and the Llama being larger and used as a pack animal. There two types of Alpacas, the more common Huacayas, identifiable by their fluffy, teddy-bear like appearance, and the Suris, identifiable by their silky fleece that grows in locks. Alpaca fibers can come in as many as 52 natural colors from Peru, but only 12 and 16 are from Australia and the United States, respectively.

Multiple drawings of Alpaca in various poses from walking to standing and lying down

The Alpaca, a member of the camelid family from South America, is a domesticated relative of the Guanaco and the Vicuña who is bred for its luxurious, soft coat. The Alpaca is frequently confused with the llama, but while both domesticated South American camelids, they are two distinct species; the Alpaca being the smaller of the two, and the Llama being larger and used as a pack animal. There two types of Alpacas, the more common Huacayas, identifiable by their fluffy, teddy-bear like appearance, and the Suris, identifiable by their silky fleece that grows in locks. Alpaca fibers can come in as many as 52 natural colors from Peru, but only 12 and 16 are from Australia and the United States, respectively.

Common Questions
Common Questions

Details

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Height: 
39"-46" (3’3”-3’10”) | 99-117 cm
Width:
Depth:
Length:
48"-84" (4’-7’) | 122-213 cm
Withers Height (Shoulder)
32"-39" (2’8”-3’3”) | 81-99 cm
Weight:
45-68 lb | 100-175 kg

Uses: Wool
Scientific Name: Vicugna pacos

Lifespan
15-25 years

Drawings include:
Alpaca side elevation (standing), side (person), front, walking, lying down

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Alpaca
39"-46" (3’3”-3’10”) | 99-117 cm
Alpaca
Vicuña
49"-52" (4’1”-4’4”) | 124-132 cm
Vicuña
Guanaco
57"-61" (4’9”-5’2”) | 145-155 cm
Guanaco
Llama
67"-71" (5’7”-5’11”) | 1.7-1.8 m
Llama
Bactrian Camel
84" (7’) | 2.13 m
Bactrian Camel
Dromedary Camel
84" (7’) | 2.13 m
Dromedary Camel
Alpaca
48"-84" (4’-7’) | 122-213 cm
Alpaca
Vicuña
60"-72" (5’-6’) | 152-183 cm
Vicuña
Llama
72"-78" (6’-6’6”) | 1.8-2.0 m
Llama
Guanaco
82"-86" (6’10”-7’2”) | 210-220 cm
Guanaco
Dromedary Camel
86"-134" (7’2”-11’2”) | 219-341 cm
Dromedary Camel
Bactrian Camel
89"-138" (7’5”-11’6”) | 225-350 cm
Bactrian Camel
Alpaca
39"-46" (3’3”-3’10”) | 99-117 cm
Vicuña
49"-52" (4’1”-4’4”) | 124-132 cm
Guanaco
57"-61" (4’9”-5’2”) | 145-155 cm
Llama
67"-71" (5’7”-5’11”) | 1.7-1.8 m
Bactrian Camel
84" (7’) | 2.13 m
Dromedary Camel
84" (7’) | 2.13 m
Alpaca
48"-84" (4’-7’) | 122-213 cm
Vicuña
60"-72" (5’-6’) | 152-183 cm
Llama
72"-78" (6’-6’6”) | 1.8-2.0 m
Guanaco
82"-86" (6’10”-7’2”) | 210-220 cm
Dromedary Camel
86"-134" (7’2”-11’2”) | 219-341 cm
Bactrian Camel
89"-138" (7’5”-11’6”) | 225-350 cm
Alpaca
32"-39" (2’8”-3’3”) | 81-99 cm
Vicuña
34"-36" (2’10”-3’) | 86-90 cm
Guanaco
39"-43" (3’3”-3’7”) | 100-110 cm
Llama
48"-53" (4’-4’5”) | 1.2-1.3 m
Bactrian Camel
62"-71" (5’2”-5’11”) | 157-180 cm
Dromedary Camel
71"-78" (5’11”-6’6”) | 180-198 cm
Llama
15-25 years
Alpaca
15-25 years
Vicuña
20-24 years
Guanaco
20-25 years
Bactrian Camel
20-40 years; 50 wild
Dromedary Camel
40-50 years
Animals