Alpacas are members of the camel family, native to the mountainous areas of South America such as the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile. They can stand up to 99 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. They have thick, long hair which is prized for making clothing and other textiles.
Alpaca no longer live in the wild, but are a domesticated species that has been very important to indigenous people for thousands of years. They are social animals that live in family units. Alpaca make a variety of sounds to communicate, ranging from a barking-like sound to clicking and shrieking to warn others of danger.