The Alpaca: Vital
By Linda K. Davis, Owner, Alpaca.com L.L.C.
A mature alpaca weighs 110-170 pounds and
is 34-38 inches tall at the top of the front shoulders (the
withers). Crias weigh 15-19 pounds at birth.
15-25 years, with a few living to 30 years
Reproductive lifespan of female
12-14 years; from 3-17 years of age approximately.
Reproductive lifespan of herdsire
10-12 years; from 4-16 years of age approximately.
Prime years 5-10 years of age.
11 months. Healthy females can produce offspring
at an average rate of one cria each year.
Number of cria born per gestation
One; multiple births are extremely rare.
There are more than 22 natural shades produced
from the alpaca fleece ranging from white to black that
are recognized and accepted by The Alpaca Registry.
Sub-order: tylopoda camelids
New World name: lama pacos alpaca
Growth rate of coat each year
Weight of fleece
From mature individual each year-one to eight pounds with
a few yielding up to ten pounds each year.
Countries of Origin
Peru, Bolivia, and Chile; first imported into the United
States in 1983.
Approximately three million worldwide, with 98 percent
still living in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. Roughly 90 percent
of all alpacas are huacaya and ten percent are suri. These
same percentages apply to the alpacas currently in the United