What is an Alpaca?
An alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid, similar to llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos. Alpacas are bred for their soft, luxurious wool which is used to make clothing and other textiles. They are also kept as pets and for show.
Another Name for an Alpaca
The scientific name for an alpaca is Vicugna pacos. It is sometimes referred to as the “Peruvian camelid” or “Peruvian llama”. In some parts of the world, it is also known as the “Andean sheep”.