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

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

Life Span
20-25 years
5.5-6 feet
Average Weight
280 450 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

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.