Alpaca

Mammal

Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)

From wool provider to therapy animal

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.

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Category: Mammal

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)

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