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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Camelidae
Genus:Lama
Genus species:Lama pacos

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:120-225 cm
Height:94-104 cm
Weight:55-65 kg
Identification:Alpacas are either uniformly colored or multicolored with white, brown, gray, and/or black hair.
Habitat:Alpine grasslands, meadows, marshes
Reproduction:These seasonal breeders are also induced ovulators. They mate lying down, usually within two weeks of giving birth to a single offspring. Gestation lasts 342-345 days.
Because all of the current populations of alpacas have been domesticated, their social organization is unknown.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:There are two known breeds of alpaca that are often used as a source of wool and meat or for pack animals.

Other Information

Geographic:Western South America Date:1973-06 Subjects:Alpaca
even-toed ungulate
Lama (Genus)
Camelidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates