Llamas

Our Residents

Spring River Zoo has two llamas, Brown Sugar (age nine) and Jamaul (age 11). 

Creature Features

Description                                                                                                                                                                                                     They are slender-bodied animals and have long legs and necks, short tails, small heads and large, pointed ears.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gregarious animals, they graze on grass and other plants.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                       Llamas are polyganous. This species tends to mate in late summer and early fall. After mating, female llamas undergo induced ovulation in which the ovum is released about 24 to 36 hours after copulation. Baby llamas are called Crias. Crias are able to run about an hour after being born.

Fun Facts

  • Scientific Name: Lama glama
  • Conservation Status: Domesticated
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
  • Body Length: Height at the shoulder- 47 inches
  •  Weight: 250 pounds 
  • Gestation: 331 to 359 days
  • Number of Young: 1
  •  Habitat: temperate; terrestrial; mountains
  • Distribution: A domesticated South American camelid

Did You Know?

Some farmers use llama’s to guard their sheep. Differentiating characteristics between llamas and alpacas are that llamas are larger and have more elongated heads. Alpacas also have more luxurious wool than llamas. The most apparent visual difference between llamas and camels is that camels have a hump or humps and llamas do not.When annoyed, llamas spit.