Alpaca

It was once thought that, like llamas, alpacas were descended from wild guanacos. However, recent thinking is that they may have been domesticated from a different relative – the vicuna. 

Alpacas are herd animals and mainly bred for their thick coats, which, like wool, can be woven into a wide variety of clothing and textiles. They are usually sheared once a year in the spring and one animal can produce 5 to 10 pounds of fiber. Being from the highest parts of the Andes, the Alpaca is a hardy animal and can endure extreme conditions. Its thick fleece is designed to keep it warm and snug in the harshest weather. 

 

Scientific name
Vicugna paco
Family
Camelidae
Order
Artiodactyla
Lifespan
15-20 years
Conservation status
Least concern