Scientific Name: Lama pacos
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.
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