Alpaca

(Vicugna pacos)

 

A close relation of Llamas, the Alpaca is famed for its thick dense wool. Recently, Alpacas have been farmed for their wool as it brings a better price at market than the more common sheep’s wool.

FUN FACTS

Animal Class: Mammals.

Distribution: Central and southern Peru and western Bolivia.

Habitat: Mountains.

Diet: Grasses and vegetation.

Appearance: Brown, cream or black fur with large ears and thick lips. 

Size: They can grow up to 100cm tall and weigh up to 84kg.

Lifespan: Between 18 – 24 years. 

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not Evaluated

Population Trend

N/A

Threats

N/A

Population

Unknown

Did you know?

Alpacas are used as a symbol of wealth by the rich aristocracy of the Inca civilisation. The first domesticated Alpaca remains existed some 1,000 years before the Great Pyramids of Giza were built.

See our Alpaca’s!

We have three Alpacas at Ponderosa Zoo. Their names are Rovine, Lilac and Bramble. You can find them in the field next to the car park.

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01924 235276 / office@ponderosa-centre.co.uk

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01924 404154

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