Llamas were in North America up to 40 million years ago, but became extinct here during the Ice Age. Llamas migrated to South America and became prominent in the Andean Mountains in Peru. Llamas were domesticated in the highlands of Peru approximately 5,000 years ago, which makes them one of the oldest domesticated animals in the world. They were used as meat and pack animal to haul items through the mountains. For centuries, llama hair has been used to make blankets, clothing, crafts, and rope. Their hides have been used by the Andeans to make sandals.
Llamas were used as pack animals.
Llamas were domesticated in the Andes Mountains in Peru thousands of years ago.
Llamas were imported to North America in the early 1900s so they could be reintroduced to their native territory. At first, they lived on private farms and zoos. Today, there are an estimated 6,000 llamas in Canada.
Llamas come in a variety of colours.
People often mix up alpacas and llamas, so here are some defining differences between these two animals.
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Llamas live outside all year round. In the summer they should have access to water that they can cool off in. They have a three-sided shelter that can help them hide from the heat and protect them when there is a storm.
Llamas are rugged enough to live outside all year, but need access to water to cool off and shelter from storms.
Llama Ribeye Steak
Llamas provide us with fibre that can be used to make things. Llamas also provide us with leather and meat.