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Alpacas are highly intelligent but timid. They generally do not seek human contact, unlike llamas which are bred specifically for interaction with people.

Alpacas take 11.5 months to gestate and live to around 20 years, subject to snake bite, mishap or worm burden. Animals up to six months of age are called Cria; from 6 to 12 months of age they are called Tui. Females (hembra) at 12 months of age are considered breeding adults but Suri males (macho) usually mature later at 18 to 24 months. Birthing is termed "unpacking". Most deliveries are uneventful however maidens and seasonal pasture flushes may contribute to some difficult births.

Unlike other farm production animals, there is no fixed breeding season, however Karri Heights management chooses to commercialize the breeding season for ease of management, due to the number of animals in their herd.