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(engl: Alpaca)

Alpacas have existed for around 5,000 years. It is thought they descend from the New World Camels, Guanako and Vikunja. The domestication of the species (breeding the animal to become a pet) began 5,000 years ago in South America. Today, alpacas are kept as pets all over the world. Unlike pets such as llamas, alpacas were originally kept to produce wool, rather than used for transportation.

Finest thread

In addition to cashmere and silk, alpaca wool is one of the finest natural fibers. In the Inca, an alpaca cloak was considered a sign of prosperity. To date, alpaca wool has not been used much in Europe. The constantly renewable wool has to be sheared regularly.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Alpaka
Verbreitungsgebiet: Alpaka
Wissenschaftl. Name Lama guanicoe f. pacos
Ordnung Artiodactyla
Familie Camelidae
Größe Schulterhöhe 80-100 cm
Gewicht ♂ 70-85 kg, ♀ 55-67 kg
Fortpflanzung Tragzeit ca. 355 Tage, 1 Jungtier
Verbreitung Andes
Lebensraum mountains
Nahrung Grasses, Branches
Bestand secured


Kamele ohne Höcker

Der Tiergarten Nürnberg hat wieder Nachwuchs bei den Lama-Verwandten - den Alpakas - . Nach langer Pause in der Zucht dieser Haustiere kam am...

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