Where do Alpacas come from?
Alpacas come from the Andes mountain region of South America. The largest alpaca populations are found in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.

How big are Alpacas?
Typically, adult alpacas range from 4-6 feet tall (to the head) and weigh between 150-200 pounds.

What is the lifespan of Alpacas?
Alpacas normally live 15 to 20 years.

How many colors of Alpaca are there?
There are 22 designated colors of Alpacas recognized in the US, with numerous additional blends.

Do Alpacas spit?
Yes, Alpacas can spit, but tend to spit primarily at each other, and generally over food or “alpha order” issues.

Are Alpacas mean?
Alpacas are very docile animals and an excellent means to teach young children about farming. Having no upper teeth in the front, they tend not to bite.

What do Alpacas eat?
Alpacas are pasture animals and graze on several types of grasses and hays. Vitamin and minerals supplements are added through special grain mixtures.

What is the gestation period for Alpacas?
Alpacas gestation period is 11 to 12 months.  Twin births are very uncommon.

What is a baby Alpaca called?
Baby alpacas are known as "Crias" (pronounced “cree-ah”) and weigh between 12-20 pounds at birth.

Do I need special facilities to raise Alpacas?
Alpacas are very adaptable, and a three sided shelter for protection from the sun and elements is usually sufficient. Fencing is required for their protection from predators. 

Do I need lots of land to raise Alpacas?
Depending upon conditions, a single acre of can easily accommodate and feed 5-6 alpacas.

Can I have just one alpaca?
No– alpacas are herd animals, and as such need the company of other alpacas to stay healthy (and happy).

Why haven't I heard of Alpacas before?
Alpacas are originally from South America, and were first introduced in the U.S in the mid 1980's.

Want to know more???
Check out the Alpaca Academy to learn more about these amazing animals!
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