Alpacas and Llamas

Vicugna pacos & Lama glama

Both Alpacas and Llamas have been domesticated for thousands of years.  They are still currently used by indigenous people of South America for food, fiber and for pack animals.  They are in the camelid family. 

Alpacas and Llamas are well known for using a communal dung pile.  Everyone in the group will use the same pile in an area that isn’t used for grazing.  They are also capable of spitting, but only do so when they are threatened or to show aggression.

Both Alpacas and Llamas gestate for approximately one year before giving birth to a single calf which will remain with it’s mother for at least one year. 

Interesting Facts:

¨ Llamas were first domesticated and used as pack animals 4,000 to 5,000 years ago by Indians in the Peruvian highlands.

¨ Llamas weigh 280 to 450 pounds and can carry about a quarter of their body weight.

¨ Llamas don't bite. They spit when they're agitated, but that's mostly at each other.

¨ The wool of Alpacas is water-repellent and used for making coats, sweaters and blankets.

¨ Alpacas are usually shorn annually and produce about 5-8lbs of fleece a year.

A young llama, a newborn alpaca and Buckaroo Brice 2013