The woolly relatives of the camels
Like their "big" brothers, the old world camels, alpacas are callous soles.
Compared to the camels, however, they are much lighter and more delicate.
They only weigh between around 35 and 80 kilograms.
For a long time they were considered "exotic" outside their original home and were mainly kept in zoos.
Alpacas come from South America.
Their main area of distribution is in the high plateaus of the Andes, the Altiplano.
The large area around today's border between Peru, Bolivia and Chile with Lake Titicaca in the center is considered the area of origin of the main population of alpacas.
There you will find large herds and alpaca farms.