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Alpaca Adventures of Mid Michigan

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About Alpacas

Alpaca History and Facts

Alpacas were first imported into the United States in 1984. There are almost 100,000 alpacas in North America. With an estimated 3,600 alpacas and 340 individual alpaca owners and breeders right here is Michigan.

The Alpaca is a rare and precious resource. Their fiber is more resilient and stronger than sheep wool. It has a unique silky feel. Alpaca fiber can be dyed and made into garments. These luxurious garments have the look and feel of cashmere.

Besides producing beautiful fleece alpacas make an excellent companion animal. ?They are great show animals with high aesthetic appeal. and a lovable dispositions. Alpacas are easily trained, very smart, alert and quickly learn to halter and lead ?They are gentle enough to be handled by children.

They constantly communicate with each other through body posture, tail and ear movements and a variety of sounds. The sounds hear most often is a soft humming.

Alpacas cost about as much per month to feed as a dog. 

Alpacas absolutely are not dangerous!!!  They are safe and pleasant to be around.  They do not bite or butt and they do not have the teeth, horns, hooves or claws to cause serious injury.

 

Alpaca Facts

Lifespan: 15 to 20 years

Height: Average 36" at the withers (The ridge between the shoulder blades on a 4 legged mammal)

Weight: Average 100 to 175 pounds or about 1/2 to 1/3 the size of a llama.

Gestation:  Approximately 335 days

Birth: Weight is usually around 15-19 pounds after birth. Crias (baby) can often stand and nurse within 30 minutes to 1 hour. Infant mortality is very low and twin births are extremely rare.

Color: Alpacas usually come in solid colors. There are approximately 22 basic colors with many variations and blends.












Updated April 06, 2016