Famously known for their fleece, alpacas are shorn once a year to harvest the fleece which is then turned into luxurious clothing. Depending on the type and quality of the alpaca and their fleece, they are worth between one hundred to thousands of pounds. Our alpacas are used to teach animal handling to Capel Manor College students.
As alpacas are indigenous to harsh environments, living in the highest regions of the Andes, they have become extremely hardy animals. They are ‘pseudo ruminants’, meaning they have a three-chambered stomach to utilise low quality food.
Size: Up to 91cm tall
Weight: Up to 84kg
Life span: Up to 20 years
Threats: No threats known
Habitat: Mountain ranges
Distribution: Native to South America, farmland worldwide
Conservation status: Least Concern (LE)