5 to 10 years in the wild; 20 years in captivity.
11 to 12 months
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Females reach maturity at 12 to 15 months, whereas males reach maturity at about 30 to 36 months
36 to 51 in tall at the shoulder
120 to 145 lbs
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Average around 16 lbs at birth
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- Range: Andes mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile and elevations of 9,840 and 15,750 ft
- Largest populations are in Peru
- Habitat: humid regions of the Andean high plateaus or altiplano where tender grass can grow
- Alpacas have been used for wool and transportation. Today they are bred exclusively for wool.
- Alpacas thrive at high elevations
- Thick wool coats keep the alpacas warm
- Extra-large hearts and lungs keep their bodies well-supplied with oxygen in the thin air of their mountain homes
- Diet: Grass and woody shrubs
- Relatives: Llamas, Guanacos, Vicunas, and Camel