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Packing With Llamas
Llamas’ intelligence, natural agility and calm disposition make them outstanding pack animals. For over 4000 years llamas have been used to transport goods across the rugged Andean mountains in South America.  International Llama Association
Llama Housing & Fencing
Although their original habitat is the arid, high altitude regions of the South American Andes, llamas are quite adaptable, and with good care they are thriving in climates from Florida to Alaska, Europe, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.  International Llama Association
Llama Facts for New Owners
If you have recently purchased or are thinking of acquiring your first llama, you are joining a rapidly growing group of llama enthusiasts around the world. Llamas are delightful animals with a unique history.  International Llama Association
Llama Herd Management
Though herd management includes all aspects of dealing with and caring for your llama herd, this brochure is intended to provide information only on the physical handling and care of llamas in a typical herd situation.  International Llama Association
The Impacts of Llamas as Hiking Companions
Since the time of the Incas, llamas have patiently carried their packs across some of the roughest terrain in the world. Today, as the effects of increased recreation on our public lands become more evident, llamas have emerged as preferred pack animals when surefootedness and minimal impact are necessary.  International Llama Association
Guard Llamas
Llamas, who are long-lived, can provide an effective, long-term and economical alternative for predator control in a variety of farm and ranch conditions. Sheep and goat producers currently using llamas to guard their flocks are experiencing high levels of protection from predators.  International Llama Association
Guard Llama Guidelines
Llamas are successfully being utilized as guard animals for a variety of livestock species. Livestock producers using guard llamas are routinely reporting high levels of protection. However, not all llamas in all situations are successful and even excellent guard llamas may be unable to protect against two or more attacking dogs or other pack hunting predators.  International Llama Association
Llama and Alpaca Care
For the new lama owner, property preparation is the first step. Shelter and a “lama secure” area must be accomplished before the first animals arrive. The land should be well drained - lamas and mud do not mix well! Swamps are bad news too.  New Hamphire Lama Association
General Llama Information
The lama is an animal that is native to South America. “Lama” is the genus name for the animal comprising four different species: llama, alpaca, guanaco, and vicuña. Another term for these four species is “lamoid”. It is believed that the llama was domesticated from the wild guanaco for use as a pack animal (can carry 80-100 pounds when in shape) and that the alpaca was domesticated from the wild vicuña as use as a fiber-producing animal.  Sharon E. DaDalt
Llama Care and Rescue Situations
Always have TWO lamas. Lamas are herd animals and need at least one of their own kind to be healthy and happy. The only time ONE llama should be considered is for guarding sheep, goats, or other livestock herds. Make sure a guard llama is mature (at least 4 years of age, past the puberty stage) so that he will guard adequately and that a male llama is gelded. Be advised that not all llamas make good guard animals.  New Hamphire Lama Association
My First Llama Show
When I stepped into the show ring I could feel myself shaking and my knees knocking, I was embarrassed and afraid. But in some way I was actually having fun. I waited while the other kids showed their llamas until it was my turn.  Meagan Browne age 9
In 1982 llamas begin showing up in Northern Nevada. At that time, little was known about this gentle, intelligent creature, but in the years to follow, llamas have become one of the most popular breeding and companion animals in the country, and there are now many llama owners and farms spread out in this area. Some have breeding stock and others just two or three for companions and to enjoy them as pack animals in the surrounding mountains.  Virginia Christensen
This is another testament to the generosity and compassion that is shared amongst those in the llama community… I have never been associated with a better group of people.  Jan Pellizzer
Evolution and Origin of the Domestic Camelids
To date the earliest evidence of camelid domestication comes from archaeological sites located between 4,000 and 4,900 m (13,120- to 16,072-foot) elevation, in the puna ecosystem of the Peruvian Andes.  Jane C. Wheeler, PhD
Suri Llamas Are "For Real"
It is often said that suri llamas are hybrids, the product of llama x alpaca crosses, but DNA analysis has confirmed the existence of "unhybridized" suri llamas, and the study of pre-conquest mummified llamas has shown that they existed prior to the Spanish conquest.  Jane C. Wheeler
The Birth of the Suri Llama Association
Who was it that said every journey begins with a single step? Mine began with a single visit several years ago when a pair of prospective buyers stopped by Silver Moon Llamas. They were hardly on the grounds for more than a few moments when they spotted our suri llama herd, and from that moment they wanted to discuss nothing but suris.  Victoria Miller
Llamas and their relatives are no strangers to our land. Llamas are members of the camelid family, which at one time thrived on the plains of North America. With the Ice Age, llamas became extinct in North America. Llamas migrated to South America and took up residence in the land of the Andean Mountains.  Llama Org
Llamas: Our Silent Companion
Llamas are easily trained and seem to enjoy going different places. They can climb into a van or pickup truck and visit schools and nursing homes. Their intelligence, curiosity and even temperament make them ideal to share with elderly persons in wheelchairs, handicapped children and the blind.  Llama Org
Llamas have a dignified, aristocratic manner about them. Because of their curiosity, they have a delightful habit of coming close to sniff strangers. Despite your natural temptation to hug and cuddle them, they prefer not to be petted except on their necks and woolly backs. They are highly social animals and need the companionship of another llama or other grazing livestock.  Llama Org
Guard Llamas
Guard llamas offer a viable, nonlethal alternative for reducing predation, while requiring no training and little care.  Dr. William L. Franklin and Kelly J. Powell, Iowa State University
Llama Fiber
The llama is a two-coated animal. Its fine, downy under­coat gives protection from cold and heat. The second coat of crimp-less guard hair allows moisture and debris to be shed. Llama fleece varies from 0-20% guard hair. In North America today, many llamas have a coat more like the alpaca (who historically has been selectively bred for fineness of fiber, and has lost both the hair coat and the ability to shed).  Beula Williams
Packing with Llama
Llamas' intelligence, natural agility and calm dispo­sition make them outstanding pack animals. For over 4000 years llamas have been used to transport goods across the rugged Andean mountains in South America. Today they are found all across the United States and Canada, carrying loads for North Ameri­can backcountry travelers.  Stanlynn Daugherty
Llama Uses
A common question to llama breeders is, "What do you do with llamas?" There are so many uses of llamas! Llamas by their nature make people feel more comfortable. Llamas are calm, quiet and majestic; the spirit of the llama is contagious to the people around them.  Llama Org


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