Llama

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Scientific Name
Lama glama

Type
Mammal

Lifespan
20-25 years

Size
5.5-6 feet

Average Weight
280-450 lbs

Group Name
Herd

Group Size
Varies

Name of Young
Cria

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We Are:Common

Did you know?

  • Llamas were domesticated in South America. Their wild ancestor is the guanaco.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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