Alpacas and llamas are the only farm animals domesticated from wild relatives native to the Americas. Alpacas are raised for their soft wool and serve as sure footed pack animals in the mountainous terrain.
- Alpacas are fed hay and graze on a variety of grasses.
- Alpacas were domesticated from guanacos and vicunas that evolved to live in the Andes Mountains of South America. Currently alpaca live under human care around the world in many different climates and locations.
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Dapper Dan is our newest alpaca at Riverbanks. While he’s most often seen in the farm, you can occasionally find him learning to walk on a lead while exploring the park.