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Llama facts for those who are interested in knowing a bit more about these splendid creatures by Llama Life.

 

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Shaggy llama grey on ground

Fact 1

Llama Lifespans

Shaggy llama grey on ground

Llamas typically live for around 20 years, but the oldest llama on record lived to be 27! 

What a cool Llama Fact about an old Llama!

Fact 2

Llamas Protect Others

Llama standing with a flock of sheep protecting them
Llamas are used as guardians of flocks of other animals, protecting them from predators because they will chase predators away
Llama standing with a flock of sheep protecting them
Llama standing at machu Pichu

Fact 3

Llamas are Hardy

Llama standing at machu Pichu

Llamas are extremely surefooted, hardy and suited to rocky terrain at high altitudes, with woolly fleeces to keep them warm in cold climates.

Fact 4

Llamas are Smart

Llama sitting down, smart llama with pac

Llamas are really smart! They will refuse to carry too much weight and are known to be easy to train.

Llama sitting down, smart llama with pac

Fact 5

Llamas Wrestle

Llamas neck wrestle each other to establish dominance, much like another long necked animal- the giraffe!

 

A really great llama fact is that they are known to neck wrestle each other to establish dominance.

Fact 6

Llamas Love their Family!

Group of Llamas walong in Boliva
Llamas are highly social animals and live in groups called ‘a herd’ caring for one another and their young.
Group of Llamas walong in Boliva
Mother and baby Llama together on plain

Fact 7

Baby Llamas

Mother and baby Llama together on plain

A baby llama is called a ‘cria’ (baby in Spanish). They drink their mother’s milk for 6-8 months after birth.

Fact 8

Llamas are Faster Than Usain Bolt

Llamas running - Llama Facts

Usain Bolt is a Olympic Gold medallist from Jamacia who is considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time, he reached speeds of 27mph. Llamas can reach speeds of 35mph making them 8mph faster than Usain Bolt.

Llamas running - Llama Facts
Lama in Andes wearing sunglasses

Fact 9

Llamas are camels’ hippy cousins

Lama in Andes wearing sunglasses

Camels and Llamas are part of the camelid family of animals. Camelids are large, herbivores with slender necks and long legs. They split from each other around 3 million years ago when camel ancestors made their way into Asia.

Fact 10

Llamas communicate by humming

When they are upset, anxious, excited or happy, llamas will hum to let each other know like a person speaking to another. Mother llamas will hum at their cria’s (baby llamas).

Llama Foot

Fact 11

Llamas don't have hooves!

Llama Foot

Instead of hooves Llamas have two-toed feet and soft, leathery foot pads, most of their weight rests on the soles. As they evolved on steep rocky terrain, they can move their toes to maintain grip making them excellent mountain climbing companions!

Fact 12

Llamas are taller than people!

Boy next to taller llama

On average Llamas stand between 1.7 to 1.8ms, humans men are 1.7m and women 1.6m. This means Llamas are likely to be taller than any people they meet!

Boy next to taller llama
Alpacas are not llamas, this is an image of an alpacca
This is is an alpaca

Fact 13

Alpacas are not Llamas

Alpacas are not llamas, this is an image of an alpacca
This is an alpaca

Alpacas and Llamas are both from the same family od domesticated animals, but are different. Llamas bigger, have longer faces and get along more with people. Alpacas are shorter have rounder faces and are more skittish. People often say that personality wise, llamas are more like dogs and alpacas like cats!

Fact 14

Llamas have three stomachs

Llama Chewing animated Gif

On average Llamas stand between 1.7 to 1.8ms, humans men are 1.7m and women 1.6m. This means Llamas are likely to be taller than any people they meet!

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Llama ancestor wild guanacos sitting down
This is a Guanaco

Fact 15

Llamas do not live in the wild

Llama ancestor wild guanacos sitting down
This is a Guanaco

Llamas are domesticated animals from the wild guanacos in South America (like dogs from wolves). Wild guanacos can be found evolved to survive at high altitudes with low oxygen, their blood has four times the red blood cells of humans.

Fact 16

The llama is the national symbol of Peru

Llama National Symbol of Peru

In Peru as the national symbol Llama’s appears on many tourist products as well as coins and stamps.

Llama National Symbol of Peru
Therapy Llama and Child

Fact 17


Llamas are used as therapy animals!

Therapy Llama and Child

Llamas come in a range of solid and spotted colors including black, gray, beige, brown, red, and white.

Similar to other animals like dogs and miniature horses, Llamas can be trained as professional comforters, known as therapy animals, and are used in schools, nursing homes and even hospitals.

Fact 18

There are millions of llamas

Herd of llamas

Most llamas live in South America, where their are over 7 million llamas and their cousin alpacas.

Herd of llamas
Llamas in the andes

Fact 19


Llamas are native to the Andes!

Llamas in the andes

The Andes in South America is among the world’s longest mountain ranges.

Its varied terrain has  glaciers, volcanoes, grassland, desert, lakes, forests and llamas.

Fact 20

Llamas Poo is Useful

Andes traditional owners

Llama poo has almost no smell and was used for cooking and heating by their keepers in the Andes.

Andes traditional owners
Baby llama being bottle fed

Fact 21

Bottle feeding llamas can be a bad idea!

Baby llama being bottle fed

Llamas that are bottled fed or overly socialised often see humans as just other llamas.

Unfortunately this can mean they spit, kick and attempt to neck wrestle humans!

Fact 22

Llamas are Heavy!

Fat Llama on the Andes plains

Llamas are heavy, weighing between 130 to 200 kilograms (286l-440lbs), that is a lot of llama!

Fat Llama on the Andes plains

Fact 23


Welsh Llama set a leaping record!

In 2017 a Welsh Llama called Caspa set the world record for a llama leaping.

He jumped 1.17m or 3ft 8inchs high, making him a record breaking leaping llama!

Fact 24

The scientific name for llamas is really cool!

Llama Glama - Llama scientific name

The scientific name for llama is llama glama!

A scientific name is informally known as the latin name or formally as binomial nomenclature.

Llama Glama - Llama scientific name
Llama Stars in the sky

Fact 25

The Incas saw a Llamas in the Sky!

Llama Stars in the sky

To the Incas an important dark cloud constellations Yacana –the llama, which in Novemeber rose up their ancient capital Cuzco. They believed it showed a Mother Llama and Baby Llama feeding. 

Fact 26

People worshipped a Llama god!

Urcuchillay Inca Llama God

Inca herders worshipped a god called Urcuchillay, a multicoloured llama who watched over all animals!

Urcuchillay Inca Llama God
Llama with mane

Fact 27



Some Llamas have manes! (Sort of)

Llama with mane

The Ccara Sullo or Classic Llama has less fibers on its neck, head and legs. The body has longer fibers and some have longer neck firbes that look like manes!

Fact 28

Llamas have excellent eyesight!

Llama Eye - llamas have excellent eyesight

Llamas have large eyes that gives them brilliant vision, they evolved in the mountains of South America where it is very bright with snow fall. This can cause glow and snow-blindness in humans, but llamas have special eye ruffles (like blinds) that stop this.

Llama Eye - llamas have excellent eyesight

Fact 29



Llama's compete in agility races!

At shows you may see Llamas trained to leap obstacles in agility races!

Fact 30

Llamas understand mirrors & reflections

Llama Mirror Relfection

A 2011 study at the University of Nottingham found that Llamas when given a mirror understand and use it as a tool to find a bucket of food. What smart animals!

Llama Mirror Relfection
Llama Watch Tower

Fact 31

Wild Llama Watch Towers!

Llama Watch Tower

When in the wild a male llama will find a tall “vantage point” to to look out for danger to the herd. If he spots anything, he will sound the alarm which other males will then take up!

Fact 32

Llamas are more friendly than alpacas!

Llamas together in Australia

Llamas enjoy close contact with people, whilst alpacas prefer other alpacas. 

Llamas together in Australia
empanadas Llama Cheese

Fact 33

People eat llama cheese!

empanadas Llama Cheese

Llamas are not easy animals to milk, but when they are it can be used to make cheese. The cheese is salty and very tasty. It is used in South American dishes such as  empanadas.

Fact 32

There is a Disney Llama Movie!

Groovy Llama

In the Emperors New Groove (2000), the Emperor is turned into a Llama and must turn himself back!

Groovy Llama
Sleeping Llama Fact

Fact 34

Llamas Sleep Funny!

Sleeping Llama Fact

Horses and cows both sleep standing up! But when Llamas sleep or lie down, they curl their legs up underneath them.

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