CEDAR LANE ALPACAS -- GENERAL ALPACA INFORMATION
- ALPACAS are members of the CAMELID family as are llamas.
- The HUACAYA Alpaca has a dense fluffy fleece. The Suri Alpaca has a long lustered fleece.
- ALPACAS originated from South America, high in the Andes Mountains of Chile, Peru and Bolivia.
- ALPACAS have strong herding instincts and need to have another alpaca as a companion.
- A female carries her baby 11-12 months and will give birth to a baby CRIA.
- ALPACAS stand about 36” tall at the shoulders, weigh 135-160 lbs and live about 20 years.
- ALPACAS come in 22 natural colors.
- ALPACAS have padded feet, which are easy on pastures.
- ALPACAS are sheared once a year, in the spring so they can stay cool in the summer.
- ALPACA fiber is similar to cashmere in its fineness and mohair for its strength; it is warmer, lighter and softer than sheep’s wool.