What Is The Difference Between Alpacas and Llamas?

One of the easiest ways for the newcomer to this industry to tell an alpaca and a llama apart is to look at the ears.

Alpacas are physically smaller than llamas, but their ears are straight while llamas have curved ears that look rather like bananas.

In terms of the fibre, the coat of a llama is interspersed with coarser guard hairs that must be removed during processing, while alpaca fibre is very fine and soft.

Behaviourally, llamas are much more aggressive and are often used as guard animals for grazing herds of sheep and even alpacas themselves.