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Alpaca Facts

With just over 150,000 Alpacas in this country, they are still an uncommon livestock breed that is consistantly gaining popularity.

State Motto

"She Flies With Her Own Wings" was adopted by the 1987 Legislature as the state motto. The phrase originated with Judge Jessie Quinn Thornton and was pictured on the territorial seal in Latin: Alis Volat Propriis. The new motto replaces "The Union," which was adopted in 1957.

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Oregon Alpacas For Sale

Among all the states that alpacas are raised in, Oregon has the 3rd highest concentration of alpacas the nation with approximately 16,250 registered alpacas. Oregon also has over 579 registered alpaca farmers in state. If you want to visit a Oregon alpaca farm today you should not have any problem finding one close to you!


General Information About Alpacas

Alpacas are a domesticated member of the camel (camelid) family. The camelid family also includes llamas, guanacos, and vicunas from South America, and the Bactrian and Dromedary camels from Asia and Africa. This family of animals originated on the plains of North America about 10 million years ago. A common ancestor to the South American camelids migrated to South America about 2.5 million years ago. Two wild species, vicunas and guanacos, emerged. They still live in the Andes. It is believed that about 6,000 years ago alpacas were created through selective breeding which was heavily influenced by the vicuna. There are similarities in size, fiber, and dentition (teeth) between the alpaca and the wild vicuna.

Today there are about 3.5 million alpacas in the Andean highlands, most of which can be found in Peru. Since the major first importation into the U.S. in 1984, the North American herd has increased from a few alpacas in zoos and private collections to about 20,000. Alpacas are popular internationally for their luxury fiber and as pet, show, and investment animals in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, France, and Israel, as well as the United States.

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