It resembles a small llama in appearance.
Alpacas are native to countries in South America including Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile.
The color of alpacas varies from black, white, brown and gray.
The wool of Alpacas is water-repellent and used for making coats, sweaters and blankets.
Alpacas were bred specifically for their fiber that is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool.
Alpacas are herbivores eating mainly hay, grass and ferns.
Alpacas are easy to train and have been domesticated for thousands of years.
Alpaca fiber is flame- and water-resistant.
Alpacas and llamas can successfully cross-breed. The offspring they create are known as huarizo, valued for their longer fleece.
Because of their predisposition for using a dung pile, some alpacas have been successfully house-trained.
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is a domesticated species of South American camelid.
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