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Alpacas (Vicugna pacos) are a species of South American camelid related to llamas. They are indigenous to the Andes of northern Chile, Ecuador, southern Peru and northern Bolivia living at an altitude between 3500 and 5000 metres above sea-level. Alpacas have been domesticated for their fleece which is prized for its softness, especially from young animals. As they are of similar body size to sheep, they are not used as pack animals like their larger cousins.