In the high mountains of South America, you might come across herds of cute, furry creatures with long necks and big eyes. These are alpacas, and they are members of the biological family Camelidae. Alpacas are close relatives of llamas, which also live in South America. Most alpacas live at high altitudes, between 3,500 and 5,000 meters above sea level. Domesticated by the Inca people of Peru thousands of years ago, alpacas played a significant role in their culture.

  在南美洲的高山上,你可能會遇到一群可愛、毛茸茸的、有著長脖子大眼睛的生物。這些是羊駝,牠們是生物駱駝科的成員。羊駝是駱馬的近親,駱馬也生活在南美洲。大多數羊駝生活在海拔三千五百至五千公尺的高海拔地區。羊駝在數千年前被祕魯印加人馴養,在他們的文化中羊駝有著重要的地位。

 

生活必備字詞:

creature n. 生物

above / below sea level  高∕低於海平面

significant a. 重要的,重大的

significance n. 意義;重要性


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