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The Llama

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

The llama, pronounced YAH-mah, is the largest of the camelid species that inhabit South America. Weighing between 250 and 450 pounds, the adult llama reaches four feet at the shoulder and five and a half to six feet at the tip of its distinctive ears. Through millennia, the llama has been bred in captivity for its fleece as well as serving as a pack animal, perfectly designed for Andean terrain. That llamas have pads on the bottom of their feet instead of hooves makes them environmentally-friendly travelers. Their brain power, sweet nature, sure-footedness and the ability to carry heavy loads in relation to their own weight, make llamas popular pack animals on Peru tours and elsewhere. They also make excellent guard animals, trained, either as individuals or in groups to warn of approaching predators and then charge them. The llama is the only one of the four South American camelid species used as a pack animal.

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