Where am I from?
originated from the central plains of North America
several thousand years ago. They migrated to South
America and Asia. By the end of the last ice age, llamas
became extinct in North America.
are my relatives?
related guanaco, alpacas and camel.
am I born?
mate with the female in a kush (lying down) position for
an extended period of time (20–45 minutes), which is
fairly unusual in a large animal. The gestation period
of a llama is 11 ½ months (350 days). Llamas give birth
standing. Dams (female llamas) do not lick off their
babies, as they have an attached tongue which does not
reach outside of the mouth more than half an inch,
rather, they will nuzzle and hum to their newborns. I
am called a Cria when I am young.
long does it take me to grow up and how long do I live?
I am up
and standing, walking and attempting to nurse within the
first hour after birth. We mature at 12 to 24 months and
live an average of 25 years. Full grown I will stand
kind of family life do I have?
very social animals and like to live with other llamas
in a herd.
do I eat and when do I eat?
on grass and alfalfa or you can give me hay and grain.
are my predators?
wild, big cats are a danger to us, but we are guard
animals and help keep away animals like coyotes and dogs
from the sheep we are guarding.
using a pack, llamas can carry about 25%–30% of their
body weight for several miles.
Cheri Cola our Grand Champion Stud male
Tiger Lily, who is the mother if Licorice ,the first llama
to be born at Bear River Ranch
Tiger Lily and Cheri Cola taking a treat from a camper