Alpaca

STATUSUndetermined - Domestic Species

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Vicugna pacos

DIETHerbivores - Grass, hay, silage

RANGEWorldwide

HABITATPastures

Alpaca

The alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid. They resemble a small llama in appearance. They are too small to be used as pack animals and are bred exclusively for their fiber and meat. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, such as wool. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes Mountains. The adult alpaca reached about 3 feet in height and 154 pounds in weight. There are no known wild alpacas, though its closest living relative, the vicuna, are believed to be the wild ancestor of the alpaca.