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Class: Mammal
Order: Even toed hoofed animals
Family: Camelidae – camels, llamas & relatives
Found: South America
Size:   70-110 cm
Weight: 45-50 kg


Diet: Herbivore (Eats Plants)
Gestation:  11 Months



Conservation Status: LC


Vicugna pacos

Habitat: It inhabits mountainous areas at altitudes above 3,200 metres, where it grazes on short and tough vegetation. The climate is dry and hot during the day but cold at night. Alpaca must live near water due to their daily water demands.

Threats: The alpaca is a domesticate animal from South America.  There are 3.5million alpacas in South America kept in herds.  Habitat loss, mining and pollution of water sources, pose a threat to Alpacas.

Information: Females usually give birth in the morning. A young alpaca is called a cria and born after a gestation period of 11 months.

Range: The Alpaca is found in the Andes of southern Peru, western Bolivia, north-western Argentina, and northern Chile.

Conservation: The WPF supplies llamas (close relative of the alpaca) to villages in Peru to promote community farming. To find out more you can go to http://www.wildlifeprotection.info