Aug 29 2016

Animal of the week: A of Alpaca

Alpaca

Scienntific name: Vicugna pacos

Average Height: 2.7 – 3.2 ft. (Adult, At the withers)

Average Weight: 110 – 190 lbs (Adult)

Today we are learning about the alpaca which has been tamed and would be considered a farm animal in many areas.  An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) first came from South American.

The alpaca has long hair and is a mammal.  It is related to and looks like a llama.  It is used mostly for its wool.   There are two types of alpaca – the Surialpaca and the Huacaya alpaca

Occasionally you will find an alpaca in a zoo or on a farm.  They are fun to watch and touch

 Photo Credits 1, 2, & 3

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