Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North - Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway
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Alpaca

Scientific Name: Vicugña pacos

Habitat and Range: Alpacas exist as a domesticated animal and can live in many different habitats but thrive in higer elevations like in Central Peru in the Andes Mountains

Lifespan: 20-25 years

Size and Weight: 34-36 inches at the sounder, and can weigh between 45-85 kg (100-185 pounds)  

Gestation: 335-350 days giving birth to just one baby called a cria

Diet: Herbivore- grass hay and supplemental grain

Adaptations: All members of the camel family use spitting as a means of negative communication. Spit can be either the saliva that is in their mouth (usually clear) or it can be stomach contents (usually green) including stomach acid.

IUCN Status: 2008- Least Concern

Did you Know: While trying to attract a female, the male alpaca will "orgle" or sing to the female, this will not only attract a female to the male, but it can also help her ovulate to ensure a successful breeding.

 

Sources:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22956/0

 

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