Alpaca Facts



  • Alpacas are native to South America, coming from Bolivia, Chile, and Peru


  • Members of the camelid family which includes camels, llamas, and vicunas


  • There are two types of alpacas; huacaya and suri


  • Huacayas have dense, crimpy, “teddy bear” type fleece


  • Suris have long, silky, pencil-like dreadlocks


  • A baby alpaca is called a “cria”


  • A typical cria weights 12-22 pounds at birth


  • A typical adult weights 120-200 pounds


  • Alpacas live 15-20 years


  • Gestation is 11-12 months, with single births the norm


  • The United States has been closed to further importation since 1998


  • Alpacas produce 5-12 pounds of fleece per year


  • Their fiber comes in 22 different shades and colors


  • Alpaca fiber is more resilient, breathable, stronger and warmer than merino sheep wool.


  • Alpaca fiber is lanolin-free, unlike sheep wool, and is therefore hypoallergenic

                                                 Shadowberry Farm Alpacas

                       Tom & Nancy Imphong~73 Biddle Rd.~Carlisle, PA 17015