Alpaca Lesson: Huacayo vs. Suri

Photo taken at Faraway Farm Alpacas, Courtesy of Leda Blumberg

Photo taken at Faraway Farm Alpacas, courtesy of Leda Blumberg

Alpacas are members of the South American Camelid family and are very similar to Llamas.  Among the  five basic South American Camelids, Huacayo and Suri are the two most common types of alpacas.

Check out Faraway Farm Alpaca's Diego, He is so adorable!

Check out Faraway Farm Alpaca's Diego, He is so adorable!

Alpaca Huacayo:  is the most common type of alpacas making up about 90% of the alpaca population in the world.  Its fiber is dense, fine and firm which allows for a wide range of colors (over 22!).  Huacayos have a harmonious, round shape giving the appearance of strength and gracefulness.  Faraway Farm Alpaca’s Diego (pictured above) is a beautiful Huacayo alpaca with beautiful copper colored fleece.

Photo of a Suri Alpaca, courtest of AOBA

Photo of a Suri Alpaca, courtesy of AOBA

Alpaca Suri:  is the less common of the two types of alpacas.  Its fiber is curly, shiny and silky and generally comes in a narrow range of shades of white, fawns and light browns.  Suris have long hair making its look and appearance distinctive from Huacayos.

Alpacas come in a wide range of colors

Alpacas come in a wide range of colors, photo taken in Arequipa

Do check out the wonderfully cute, cuddly alpacas at Faraway Farm Alpacas.

To find out more about alpacas go to Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA).

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