Alpaca: Habits, Diet and Other Facts
Vicugna pacos, known by the common name of alpaca, is a South American mammal closely related to the vicuna and, more distantly, to the guanaco and llama. The alpaca is an animal of the camelid family. It is smaller than the llama, having a longer, softer coat. It is created in Peru, Chile and Bolivia (Andes region) as the main financial source for the use of its wool (alpaca fiber). The habit of spitting is also common in the alpaca, which uses it to show aggression or as a defense method, but she is very docile.
Her gestation period is 335 days (just over 11 months) and is born weighing approximately 7 kg. The female generally produces one offspring per year, and twins in the alpacas family are rare.