“Our baby alpaca was just born on Sunday, so she’s just about 4 days old now,” explains lead keeper Adam Haynes. “We just shifted her outside yesterday for the first time, exploring the new yards.”
Nancy is named after one of the donors responsible for her new home — the Nancy L. and Martin Davidson Barnyard — which has already proven a hit since opening early last month in the old Lodge building. “Everyone seems to love it, especially the kids,” says Haynes. “Any time there’s a new exhibit at the zoo, I think people just eat it up.”
Many visitors may think Nancy is actually a llama at first glance, though there are notable differences. Alpacas are smaller, for one thing, averaging about 150 lbs as adults compared to a llama’s hefty 400 lbs. Alpacas also tend to be known more for their fiber and fleece, having been bred in South America for that purpose for over 5000 years now.