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About Llamas

Llamas – An Overview

Llamas are large domesticated South American camelids widely used as meat and pack animals by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times. A full-grown llama is from 1.7 to 1.8 meters (5.5 to 6.0 feet) tall at the top of its head, and can weigh between 130 and 200 kg (280 to 450 lbs). At birth, baby llamas (called cria) generally weigh between 9 and 14 kg (20 and 30 lbs). Llamas can live for about 20 to 30 years with good care. They are very social animals and live with other llamas a herd. The wool produced by a llama is very soft and lanolin-free. Llamas are very intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a properly balanced and well-fitting pack they can carry approximately 24% to 30% of their body weight for 8 to 13 kilometres (5 to 8 miles). They are also very protective of their herd (which can include other animals such as alpacas or sheep) and will defend them vigorously against any intruder.

An excellent overview of llamas can be found at:

Updated May 16, 2019