Alpacas were a cherished treasure of the ancient Inca civilization and played a central role in the Inca culture that was located on the high Andean Plateau in the mountains of South America. Alpacas were first imported into the United States in 1984. Alpacas are now being successfully raised and enjoyed throughout North America and abroad.
There are two types of alpacas - the Huacaya and the Suri. The life span of the alpaca is about 20 years and gestation is 11.5 months. Alpacas eat grasses and chew their cud. They are about 36" tall and weigh about 150 pounds. They are gentle and easy to handle. Alpacas are safe; they don't bite or butt. Even if they did, without incisors, horns, hooves or claws, little harm can be done. Clean up is easy since alpacas deposit their droppings in only a few places in the paddock. They require minimal fencing and can be pastured at 5 to 10 per acre.