Alpaca

An alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500-5,000m above sea level, throughout the year. However, alpacas have been exported all over the world, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands, so their “habitat” is often farmland.

As herbivores, alpacas only eat vegetation. They eat mostly grass, but their diets can also include leaves, wood, bark or stems.

Alpacas breed once a year, and as livestock they are often induced to breed at any time. The female alpaca has a gestation period of 242-345 days and gives birth to just one offspring.

Alpaca @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to two Alpacas, Arrow and Mocha.
  • Arrows birthday is July 3, 2002 and Mochas birthday is June 6, 2008.
  • Our alpacas can be found in an outdoor exhibit at Papa Steve’s Family Farm.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Vicugna
Species: Vicugna Pacos

Did you know?

  • Alpacas come in 22 colours, from black to tan to white.
  • A baby Alpaca is called a Cria and can weigh between 18-20lbs.
  • Alpacas have a three-chambered stomach that digests roughage efficiently