They cultivate social contact through body language, and sometimes also through making sounds. Mother and the young alpaca communicate primarily with quiet buzzing. In cases of extreme treats alpacas can also make warning voices, but this happens very rarely. Sometimes they also use an effective method of spitting. They certainly make sounds very discretely and calmly.
They are 100 to 150 cm high and weigh approximately 50-75 kg.
Lifetime of alpacas is about 20 years, it may be longer though. Maintaining and taking care for alpacas is very simple. They love the outdoor life, on the clearing and can spend the whole year there. Their well-being can already be provided with a shelter (trees for the shade) and a sandbox, where they enjoy rolling around, as this is how they nurture groom their hair.
Alpacas are animals existing globally in the most diverse range of colours: 22 true colour shades (from white, beige, brown, and grey and all the way to black). They need to be shaved once a year or at least once every two years. Their wool is one of the most valuable natural fibres (as silk and cashmere), so people make quality and expensive textile products from alpaca wool. Their fibres do not burn, do not contain lanoline and are antiallergic. Alpaca wool retains heat well, has a high degree of elasticity and is very resistant.