For 3000 years alpacas have been bred for their wool. The ancestors of the alpacas are Vicuñas, which live in the Andean Mountains. Since alpaca wool is very soft, the Incas called it the „fleece of gods“. Compared to sheep wool it doesn‘t contain any lanolin and is therefore suitable for allergy sufferers.
Nowadays in Germany alpacas are not only kept for their wool. Thanks to their gentle and calming character they are also used in animal-supported therapy.
Weight: ♂ 60-80 kg; ♀ 55 kg
Sexually mature: 1-2 years
gestation period: 12 months, usually a young, exceptionally also twins are born
food: Grasses, herbs, leaves
Power: Alpacas are bred for their fine wool
Way of life: Like all camels, alpacas are social animals and feel most comfortable in groups.
Danger: not threatened
distribution: South America (Chile, Bolivia, Peru)