Be a Nature Detective: Alpaca vs. Llama
What is the difference between an alpaca and llama? Well, there are quite few.
Though alpaca and llama are related (they're kissing cousins) the llama can weigh up to 3 times that of an alpaca. Alpaca and llama come from
Alpaca are more timid while the llama are brave
Llama are used more extensively as pack animals
You may see alpaca and llama in the same field because the llama will protect the alpaca. Llama serve as herd guards.
Llama's have a course fleece while alpaca's fleece is soft, fine and seen as hypoallergenic. Alpaca have been domesticated and breed for their fleece for thousands of years.
Llama has ears that are shaped like bananas while the alpaca's ears are smaller and
The two breeds can be interbreed but there is no purpose as the offspring would not be as strong as the llama or have as luxurious a coat as the alpaca.
Alpaca have smaller heads.
Both llama and alpaca babies are called cria "cree-ah" and as a pack are called a herd of...
There are many farms in the Adirondacks that welcome visitors.
Adirondack Alpaca Breeders Association
Adirondack Evergreen Alpaca in Plattsburgh
AlpacaNation in Remsen
AuSable Valley Alpacas in Upper Jay
Elfenwood Alpacas in Au Sable Forks
High Peaks Alpacas
Jay Mountain Alpaca in Jay
Mountain Meadow Farm