Alpaca Facts

Alpaca versus Llamas - what's the difference?

Alpaca, llamas, guanacos and vicunas are all part of the camel (camelid) family tree. Alpaca are smaller than the llama standing at just under a metre at the shoulder.

Alpaca are bred for their fleece and alpaca fibre is world renowned for its soft handle and lustre and is often compared to fine merino and cashmere.

Llamas are "beasts of burden". They are used for carrying loads on ther backsides in special packs.

Although llamas are not seen as a fibre producer, llama fibre is used a lot in South America.