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Jan 08 2014

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Alpaca Maze

Are you curious enough to solve the Alpaca Maze?

Are you curious enough to solve the Alpaca Maze?

The alpaca is native to the Andean Plateau from southern Peru to northern Chile. It is a gentle herd animal with a curious and shy temperament. Alpacas are prized for their warm and soft fleece that is made into luxury yarn and quality clothing. During the industrial revolution cloth made from alpaca fiber fostered an international demand that continues to this day.

  • The alpaca is a camelid, that is, it is a member of the camel family. 40 – 45 million years ago all camelids lived in North America. Some of these camelids migrated to South America and over millions of years became alpacas.

  • Alpacas are herbivores and have three stomachs to aid in digestion.

  • Alpacas have two toes on each foot.

  • Alpacas get nervous and upset very quickly if there are fewer than three of them around.

  • There are about 53,000 alpacas in the United States; in Peru, there are over 3.5 million!

  • Alpacas are about 2 and a half to 3 feet tall at the shoulder. Their long necks let them graze while standing up. They can also lift their heads up to 6 feet off the ground to get leaves and branches.

  • A fully grown alpaca typically weighs about 100 to 180 pounds. Males are generally 20 or 30 pounds heavier than females. Rarely, an alpaca weighs more than 200 pounds.

  • Alpacas come in a variety of earth tones, such as brown, grey and reddish-brown. Some are pure black, others completely white. There are about 16 natural shades in all.

  • Suri alpacas have long curly hair. Huacaya (pronounced Wuh-kai-ya) alpacas are fluffy like teddy bears. Huacaya fiber is comparable to merino fiber (the finest of all sheep’s wool). Suri fiber is even finer. All alpaca fiber takes dye very well.

You can see the solution to the alpaca maze here.

Download a PDF of the Alpaca maze here!

Know someone who would like an alpaca greeting card?  You can buy it here!

The original artwork was drawn on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free paper with archival Faber-Castell inks by Rob Hughes.

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3 comments

  1. Deb Hyvonen
    Deb Hyvonen

    cool

    1. Rob Hughes

      Thanks, Deb!

  2. Robert Hughes
    Robert Hughes

    Thanks!

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