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Alpacas are everywhere!

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When you think about alpacas, you probably think on the Andes mountains as well. Maybe you recall a photo of alpacas wandering near Machu Picchu or the surroundings. Truth is alpacas are everywhere today. Despite the fact they are still mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, they are also in North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and zoos all around the world.

Alpacas like the heights of the Andes and cold weather, but they are domestic and quite adaptable too. They can live peacefully in regions that are warmer or flat. All they need is some space to wander about and a lot of plants to eat.

Now, as promised, here a list of alpaca photos you can freely use. Just make sure to respect and comply with the photographers' requirements when doing it.

Young male alpaca Young male alpaca by Seb Hunt

Alpaca semiprofile Alpaca semiprofile by Seb Hunt

Baby alpaca in Peru Baby alpaca in Peru by Natascha Martogli

Alpaca herd in Peru Alpaca herd in Peru by Natascha Martogli

Curious baby alpaca Curious baby alpaca by Pierre J

Baby alpaca greeting Was that an alpaca smooch? by Katherine

Alpaca with family Alpaca with its family by Liz

Baby alpaca after fleece Baby alpaca after fleece by Miriam

Welcome to the world! Welcome to the world! by Katherine

Alpaca with wool Alpaca with wool by Kubi

Alpaca and its baby Alpaca and its baby by Liz M

Two baby alpacas Two baby alpacas by Sid

Baby alpaca in the Andes Baby alpaca in the Andes by j_gldsck

Alpacas in Peru Alpacas in Peru by Paul Summers

Alpacas in Sacsayhuaman Alpacas in Sacsayhuaman by Susan Campo

A tender baby alpaca A tender baby alpaca by Jim Lietsman

Alpaca and baby Alpaca and baby by Terence McCormack

Hello! Hello! by Miguel Muñoz

A slender alpaca A slender alpaca by Michelle Bender

Sunset with alpacas Sunset with alpacas by Jim Donahue

How much does a baby alpaca weigh?

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A baby alpaca weighs between 6 kg and 9 kg at birth, and reaches between 25 kg and 40 kg at the sixth month of age. They are smaller than llamas, which weigh go from between 9 kg and 14 kg at birth to between 35 kg and 65 kg at the sixth month of age.

Let's take the opportunity to learn a little more about how Peruvian alpaca owners take care of their herds. The first thing to learn is that you need to be quite careful with the females. Allow us to elaborate.

In the alpaca business, the animal husbandry begins with a proper management of females before and during gestation. Before breeding, it is important to keep young females away from males to prevent health problems (in the female) for breeding too early. Alpacas, unlike other mammals, do not have a mating season. Ovulation is induced by the presence of males' sperm. That's why it is important to keep young females separate until they are old enough to breed.

Baby alpacas are born after eleven and half months of gestation. There may be two babies, but it rarely happens. The newborn baby alpaca will be able to stand up about half an hour after it is born. They look lovely, by the way.

Alpacas are really dependent on their mother's milk, so owners need to make sure those females that are expecting are strong, healthy and well fed. Else, they won't be able to create enough milk for their offspring (called cría, in Spanish). This extra care starts when the alpaca female is at about 7 or 8 months of gestation.

Despite the fact during the first week of its life you can sometimes see a baby alpaca eating some grass or other type of solid food, this will not become a main component of its feeding until the second month of age.

We will tell you more in future articles.