Alpacas are a domesticated, social species that live in herds. Although they originated in Peru, they have now spread worldwide in human care. Although they share similar characteristics and are often mistaken for one another, alpacas and llamas are different species! There are four South American camelids: the alpaca and the llama, both domesticated, and the vicuña and the guanaco, both wild species that diverged from a common ancestor around 2 million years ago.
Mountains, Urban Areas
Zoo Atlanta has Huacaya alpacas. Listen closely when you are nearby. You can often hear them vocalizing! They may even come to visit you at the fence.