Origin: Andes mountains of South America, Peru and Chile.

Latin Name: Lama glama

Habitat: Mountains, grasslands and deserts.

Diet: Grass, hay and vegetation.

Lifespan: Up to 30 years

Average Size: Weight:175 Kg., Height:1.8 metres


The llama is a close relative of the camel but without the hump.  They have a large imposing frame covered in elegant wool.  Colours range from white to black, with shades of grey, brown, red and roan in between.  Llamas are very strong and durable animals that are used for transportation of goods in harsh environments.  Llamas have a find undercoat,, which can be used for handcrafts and garments.  The coarser outer guard hair is used for rugs, wall hangings and  ??  ropes. A male llama is called a sire, the female is named a dam, and a baby llama is called a cria.  A group of llamas is called a herd.