Alpaca Vicugna pacos (formerly Lama pacos)

Alpaca
Alpaca
Alpaca
Alpacas are like small Llamas and, like Llamas, don't exist in the wild; they are entirely domesticated (sometimes in feral herds). Related to wild Vicuňas, they are native to Andean regions of South America.
Alpaca
Alpaca
Alpaca
Although they can look like long-necked, woolly sheep they are in fact camelids, related to Camels, as are their close relatives Vicuňas, Llamas and Guanacos.
Alpaca
Alpaca
Alpaca
Like sheep, they are herd animals, kept mainly for their wool. Their wool is said to be softer than cashmere but stronger than sheep wool. Unusually, but hygenically, Alpacas use a communal dung pile away from eating areas.
Alpacas and llamas Alpacas with the larger Llamas
Alpaca with young Alpaca with young ("cria")
Alpaca Unlike wild Vicuňas, Alpacas come in many coat colours.