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Scientific Name: Lama pacos

Habitat: mountains

Diet: grasses

Life span: 15-20 years

Young: 1 young/year (cria)

Size: height: 83-93 cm (34-38 in)

The incas domesticated the alpaca from the wild vicuna, a llama-like animal, about 5,000 years ago in the Andreas Mountains. They are used as pack animals, and also for meat. Their fur is spun into wool.

Listen carefully; you may hear the alpacas communicating by making a humming sound.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Alpaca on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Central and Southern Andes

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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