Llama

Llama

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
  • Habitat Mountains
  • Diet Herbivore
  • Status Not Assessed
  • Zoo Zone South America

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