Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Alpacas were domesticated from the Vicuña, a member of the Camelid family, about 6,000 years ago in the Andes Mountains of South America. They are mostly farmed for their wool, which is especially soft and also considered hypoallergenic.
Alpacas can be distinguished from llamas by their smaller size. In addition, they tend to have a puff of hair on their head, shorter ears, and shorter, more rounded noses. Like the llama, alpacas have the ability to spit, but they rarely do so towards humans.
Erected by The Good Zoo at Oglebay Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals • Anthropology & Archaeology.
Location. 40° 5.768′ N, 80° 40.014′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker can be reached from Zoo Circle, 0.3 miles south of Waddington Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 432 Zoo Cir, Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boer and Nubian Goats (here, next to this marker); Llama (here, Saanen Goat and Nigerian Dwarf Goat (here, next to this marker); Species Survival Plan (a few steps from this marker); Central Chinese Goral (within shouting distance of this marker); How The Zoo Grew (within shouting distance of this marker); Snow Leopard (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastern Box Turtle (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.