alpaca

MARCH 20-21

2021

And on that farm, he had an alpaca.

Types of Alpacas

Huacaya
This in the more common breed of alpaca. They have crimped, dense, soft fleece which can help them stay warmer in the cold.

Suri
These less common alpacas have longer, silkier fibers which form locks of hair.

The Differences Between Alpacas and Llamas

• Alpacas have shorter ears than llamas
• Alpacas have shorter noses than llamas
• Alpacas are also much smaller in size than llamas
• Alpacas produce more fiber than llamas
• Alpaca fiber is also softer than llama fiber
• While alpacas solely are raised for their fiber, llamas have been raised as working animals
• Alpacas are more social than llamas

Key Terms

Cria: An alpaca that is between 0 and 6 months old

Weanling: An alpaca that is between 6 and 12 months old

Yearling: An alpaca that is between 1 and 2 years old

Adult: An alpaca who is over 2 years old

Maiden: A female alpaca who has not produced offspring

Junior Herd Sire: A male alpaca who has not produced offspring

Herd Sire: A male alpaca who has produced offspring

Fun Facts

  • Alpacas can hum and ‘orgle’ to communicate their emotions.
  • Alpaca wool can come in over 50 different colours!

Alpacas in Canada

Alpacas most commonly live in South America, however, their warm fur allows them to be raised in Canada despite the cold winters.

Items Made with Alpaca Wool

• Blankets
• Ponchos
• Sweaters
• Hats
• Scarves
• Gloves
• And much more!