Alpaca is a domesticated animal in the South American region. Alpaca is closely related to llama and can succesfully cross breed. Alpaca is also closely related to Vicuna and Guanaco. Alpaca eats grass and hay in their natural habitat, but the domesticated ones also eats silages which is an artificial food for cattles. Alpaca lives in the heights of the mountains usually in the height of 3500 meters to 5000 m above sea level. They can be found in the heights of Andes of Southern Peru, Ecuador, western Bolivia, and northern Chile. People bred them for their fiber. Their fiber are used for making knitted and woven items such as blankets, scarfs, and gloves.
There are two types of Alpaca, the Suri and Huacaya. They are diffrent because of their fur. The Suri have a long straight silky fur, people like to mix their fur with wool because their raw fur is too slippery to be used, but Suri furs usually expensive because they're quite rare. The Huacaya have fluffy thick curly fur, they are similiar to wool, so people tend to use it for making items that can be made from wool but using a Huacaya fur. The Huacaya fur is much more common than the Suri but more widely used. The size of the Alpaca generally is between 81–99 centimetres (32–39 in) in height at the shoulders and they usually weigh 48–84 kilograms (106–185 lb).
The Alpaca known for their spit, Alpacas spit for self defense, for example when other animals or peoples makes them wary or threathened, they will spit. Alpaca's spit contains green stomach acid that smells really bad, the smell will drive away threat from them.
Alpacas are native to Peru, they currently have the largest population of alpacas in the world. About eighty-seven percent of the 3,685,516 million Alpaca population inhabits Peru. Their population declined drastically after the Spanish conquest where they invaded the Andes Mountains in 1532, after they arrived they murdered 98% of these animals and also brought over diseases that killed them. As a result of this invasion the Alpacas were forced to move higher into the mountains and ended up residing there for good. Although this invasion almost completely wiped out their population, they were rediscovered sometime during the 19th century by Europeans. After finding use for alpacas they became important to societies during the industrial revolution.
1.What's the diffrence between Suri and Huacaya?
2. Why do the Alpacas lives in the higher ground?
3.Why do people breed Alpacas?
4.How tall is an Alpaca?
5. From what country are they native from?