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Stirling Ridge Alpacas

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Alpaca Facts

Care, Behavior, Breeding, Fleece, and Shearing

DID YOU KNOW....?

Alpacas are members of the camel family, Camelidae. This family includes alpacas, llamas, guanacos, vicunas, and bactrian and dromedary camels. The vicuna is the wild ancestor of the alpaca.

The natural habitat of the alpaca is South America. Most of the approximately 3 million alpacas in the world today live in Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years as a fiber-producing animal. Their fiber contains no lanolin (the main cause of... read full article



Birth of a cria



Here you see the beginning of delivery.
We always want to see those two front feet along with the head.
The two front feet and the head are already out here.
The shoulders will be the widest part to deliver.












Sometimes a mom needs a little assistance. Not usually though.
If we hadn’t been around, this baby would probably have been born
just fine on its own!









Just born, this cria is taking its first wobbly steps.
They should nurse within... read full article