Alpaca

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Alpaca - ruminant, cloven-hoofed small stature (104 cm), such as light weight (55-65 kg). The main advantage - long, soft and very beautiful fleece (up to 20 cm in length.). Lead an active, a day life in which their life expectancy is 25 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.

  • Feeding

    The main diet of alpacas is plant foods, weeds, grass, hay, twigs and leaves of trees and bushes.

  • Habitat

    Homeland alpacas - the highlands of the Andes, where they live at a height of 3 to 5 thousand meters above sea level (Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Peru). They are specially grown for wool, so today alpaca population in these areas is approximately 3 million individuals.

  • Interesting fact

    Herds of alpacas belly on the basis of the rules in the harem, where the main male chooses any favorite female for mating. Thus, almost every mature female has a chance in 11 months to give birth the baby. In mating season alpacas are no time limits as in other animals. Male solves all alone. Alpaca wool has 22 natural shades (from white, black, brown), so in the production of her never repainted in different colors.

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