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- Alpaca are members of the South American Camelid family - Llama, Vicuña and Guanaco are their cousins.
- Alpaca are divided into two sub-species - the Huacaya and the Suri. Huacaya make up about 90% of the World's Alpaca population.
- The Huacaya have a dense, crimped 'woolly' fleece while the Suri have a highly lustrous, loose hanging fleece of spiral 'dreadlocks'.
- Alpaca may live for 15 to 20 years.
- Alpaca are not as large as Llama, standing on average 1 metre at the withers and weighing 50 - 75 Kg when fully grown.
- The young are called Cria and are born after an 11.5 month gestation period. It is extremely rare for females to carry twins.
- Alpacas come in 22 natural colours.