Llamas are an important part of life!
What is a Llama?
The llama (Lama glama
) is a South American camelid
, widely used as a pack and meat animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times. They are everywhere in Bolivia. Many Native folks keep them as loving pets and hard working farm helpers. Llamas are very loyal creatures.
The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is between 1.7 meters (5.5 ft) and 1.8 meters (6 ft) tall at the top of the head. They can weigh between approximately 130 kilograms (280 lb) and 200 kilograms (450 lb). At birth, a baby llama (called a cria) can weigh between 9.1 kilograms (20 lb) and 14 kilograms (30 lb).
Llamas are very social animals and like to live with other llamas as a herd. They can be trained to work as a team and are highly obedient, though temperamental at time as most camalids all over the world are known to be.
Overall, the fiber produced by a llama is very soft and is naturally lanolin free. The Natives weave it into colourful fabric to make the famous Awayo and Apaca garments worn by the local rural folk who live in the mountains of South America.
Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25% to 30% of their body weight for several miles. They enjoy pleasing a loving master who rewards them for a job well done.
Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about 3 million years ago as the watershed moved and the climate changed. Humans had not yet appeared in America, being found in Africa at that time.
By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago) camelids were extinct in North America, around the time modern light skinned humans appeared in Sweden. Note that the Native Andean humans had appeared in the mountains of South America much earlier. Their culture was highly advanced by the time the fair skinned folks arrived in America about 800 years ago.
As of 2007, there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and, due to importation northward from South America in the late 20th century, there are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the US and Canada.
Click this WIKI en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llama
to learn more.
Featured Llama Stampage
Llama Herding on deviantART
~ If you view an artwork and add it to your favourites,
give a comment to the artist and perhaps a llama, too!
~ If somebody gives you a llama,
give them a llama in return.
~ The first time you visit somebody's page,
show them you liked their art with a llama.
~ Trade a llama if offered a point
from somebody who wants a llama from you.
~ If somebody adds your art to their faves,
give them the gift of a llama as thanks.
I herd llamas on my deviant farm. The little buggers are everywhere on dA. Be it known that if you visit my page and I see your ike, you will get a llama from my farm. If I visit your page, I will leave a llama behind to give you love and respect. Also, if I add one of your works to my favorites, you will get a llama. And finally, everybody who gives me a llama will get one, a simple swap from your corral to mine. I do not buy llamas with points. However, I will trade a llama for a point from you. These points will be given to fellow deviants as awards of merit and appreciation.
My Herd of 12,110 Llamas
Twelve thousand llamas are a lot of llamas!
This special one was given by NEETbi
Time to go expand her herd, folks. Get to it.
Out of every four llamas that come to my farm, only one gets to stay in the local herd. They breed rather quickly. I like finding homes for them. I am currently herding King Llamas which will grow in numbers large enough to become Spartan Llamas. I need only an additional 1,897 of these furry friends in order to advance my herd to the next level of llamadom.