• Pregnancy usually lasts 11 to 12 months. The gestation
is generally about 342 days, but can range from 320 - 380 days.
• Alpacas produce 1 cria per year, very rarely twins
• Birth usually occurs between 8 am and 4 pm so baby will dry off by dark
• Most alpacas do not need assistance at birth
• Newborn alpaca babies (crias) weigh 9-23 lbs;
• Crias are usually standing within an hour and nursing within 4 hours
Following are pictures of the first day of an alpaca. Some of the images may require strong stomach, but most will warm your heart.
Click on each picture to enlarge.