Suri Alpaca Fact Sheet

Class:

Mammalia 

Order:

Artiodactyl 

Family:

Camelidae

Genus:

Vicugna 

Species:

pacos 

Life span:

5 to 10 years in the wild; 20 years in captivity.

Gestation:

11 to 12 months 

Number of young at birth:

Age of maturity:

Females reach maturity at 12 to 15 months, whereas males reach maturity at about 30 to 36 months 

Size:

36 to 51 in tall at the shoulder

Weight:

120 to 145 lbs

Size at birth:

Average around 16 lbs at birth

 

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Facts:

  • Range: Andes mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile and elevations of 9,840 and 15,750 ft
  • Largest populations are in Peru
  • Habitat: humid regions of the Andean high plateaus or altiplano where tender grass can grow
  • Alpacas have been used for wool and transportation. Today they are bred exclusively for wool.
  • Alpacas thrive at high elevations
  • Thick wool coats keep the alpacas warm
  • Extra-large hearts and lungs keep their bodies well-supplied with oxygen in the thin air of their mountain homes
  • Diet: Grass and woody shrubs
  • Relatives: Llamas, Guanacos, Vicunas, and Camel