Llama

Our Llama, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Llama (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Llama Facts
Llama
Lama glama

Type
Mammal
Life Span
20-25 years
Size
5.5-6 feet
Average Weight
280 450 lbs
Group Name
Herd
Group Size
Varies
Name of Young
Cria

Our Llama, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Llamas were domesticated in South America. They do not have a wild population,but they are descended from the wild guanacos.
  • They were of importance to many of South American cultures including the Incas and the Moche civilization.
  • Lamas were originally used as pack animals. They can carry loads weighing 25% of their body weight. Llamas are also raised for meat and wool. Llama wool, unlike that of a sheep, doesn’t contain a waxy substance called lanolin.
  • Llamas are well known for their spitting. This is done to establish another llama’s rank in the herd, a sign of aggression, or a sign of dominance when males fight. A properly raised llama doesn’t usually spit on humans.

Did You Know?

Llama’s are very social animals and can be raised among other species. Some farmers even use a single male “guard llama” to protect their flock of sheep or goats from predators such as coyotes.