Latin name: Lama glama
Aah! Mountain Air!
- Although a member of the camelid family, it does not have a hump like its cousins the camel and the dromedary. Its long thin legs are adapted to travel on rocky terrain.
- It has a thick insulating wool coat that helps keep it warm. By rolling on the ground, it loosens the wool's fibers that will help maintain the insulating characteristics of its coat.
- When annoyed, the llama lowers its ears and shows its teeth. If the aggression persists, it can then spit a smelly and acidic substance that comes from its stomach.
- Its natural predators are mostly the coyote and the cougar, but the young can also be attacked by the Andean condor.
- Since the species is considered domesticated, it has no particular status. There are more than3 million llamas in the world, most of which are found in South America.
Distribution Andes cordillera
Status Not Assessed
Zoo Zone South America