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Birth Announcement!

Alpaca

Posted September 2014

Who is that cute, little brown and white animal chasing rheas in the outdoor South America Exhibit? Her name is Frankie, and she’s the newest addition to the alpaca family. She was born on August 9, 2014, to mom, Marcella, and dad, Phoenix.

Captive alpaca are usually born on exhibit during the daytime, because an alpaca cannot extend its tongue to clean off newborns. Births occur during the day when it is warm enough for babies to dry out on their own. Baby alpaca are called “crias.”

Frankie is still nursing from mom but has started sampling alfalfa and pellets. She will continue to nurse for about 3 months.

Visit Frankie daily in the outdoor South America Exhibit.

Facts

  • Alpaca are members of the camel family and are native to the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
  • In the wild, alpaca eat grasses and weeds. They live in altitudes of 12,000 feet. Their fur keeps them warm.
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