Alpaca is the featured animal in this week’s Zoo & A.

Here are some additional facts about alpacas from Justin:

  • Alpacas & llamas are in the camel family.
  • Alpacas are much smaller than llamas (about 3 feet compared to 6 feet for llamas).
  • Originally from Peru & South America, they can now be found across the world.
  • There are no wild alpacas left across the globe.
  • They were domesticated over 6,000 years ago and will stay that way.
  • Alpacas are primarily used for their fleece, but can also be used as therapy animals due to their nice nature and long necks for hugging.
  • Alpacas will spit as a defense. The spit includes regurgitated stomach acid, so it is smelly as well.