Like all animals, alpacas exhibit individual personality. They are herd animals, preferring the companionship of their friends and their established community and will become stressed if separated from their buddies.
Gentle and curious,
alpacas respond well to children. A confident youngster can handle an animal in the show ring or on an obstacle course.
Humming – Alpacas make a humming
sound to show their contentment or they are near by.
Clucking – sound is made sometimes particularly between family members.
Alarm call – When alarmed, a staccato tooting is made by one animal, then joined in by the rest of
the herd as they focus attention in the direction of potential danger.
Orgle – During breeding a male trumpets or “orgles” a lovesong to his mate.
only spit at each other to signal displeasure at a herd member. Being spat at by an alpaca us usually caused by something you are doing to them they dislike.
A pregnant female “spits off” an inquisitive male to let him know she
is disinterested in his advances.
Alpaca are induced ovulators, so only ovulate once mated – meaning they don’t come into season as such and can be mated at any time of
the year. The gestation length generally ranges from 11 to 11 ½ months depending on the time of year.
Birthing is predominantly during the day, and alpaca mothers will often wait until fine weather to “unpack” their offspring. Baby
alpaca are called cria (cree-ah). They are approximately 6 to 8 kg at birth and are standing, drinking and running within a few hours.