LLAMA (Lama glama)

Llamas are even-toed ungulates of the camel family, originated in the Northern Andean mountains about 6000-5500 years ago. Their predecessor is guanaco.

Distribution: Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, USA, Canada, Europe.

The first llamas in the „Rakši” were imported from Germany in 2006.

Weight: 130-180 kg

Height: 110-120 cm

Life Span: 20 years

Gestation: 11.5 months


* Together with people already ~ 5000 years.

* Used as load carriers, as well as for production of wool, meat and leather.

* Hardy animals, easily moves in inaccessible, rocky areas.

*They are great guards for smaller animal herds – sheeps, goats.

*The obtained yarn is soft, light, very warm and hypoallergenic.

* In Peru, Chile, the United States, New Zealand and now also in Europe llamas are popular companions for multi-day hikes.

* Great therapy animals – work in nursing homes, hospitals, schools.


* The sacred animals in the ancient Inca Empire – their manure allowed corn to be grown high in the mountains.

* There are 2 different types of wool – Huacaya and Suri.

* Llama is the national symbol of Peru.

* Llamas are smart and easy to train.

* Eyes are able to look each in its own direction.

* Dozens of hairstyles can be created from llama`s fur.

* Do not bite, but when irritated can spit up to 4.5m far.

* Spit their gastric juice.

* Can carry up to one third of its weight.

* Can set boundaries – will not move if the load is too heavy.

* There is a clear hierarchy in the herd – status is won by jostling, spitting and kicking.

*”Communal poopers” – all tend to do it in one place.

* Llama carts are used in festive parades, wedding ceremonies.

* Super short tongue – poked out on the outside it will be only 1.3cm long.

* Talisman of the online video game Fortnite.