Alpacas are members of the camel family and are descended from the wild vicuna. Both alpacas and vicunas look like small llamas and have a thick wool coat.
Alpacas are domesticated animals. Their ancestor, the vicuna is found in mountainous grasslands in western South America.
Wild alpacas live in family groups of one male and up to ten females plus their offspring. Young males often live in bachelor groups. Alpacas have one baby at a time, usually born in spring.
Conservation Status: Common
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