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Llamas are domesticated South American camelids, renowned for their woolly coats and gentle nature. Native to the Andes Mountains, they have been used by indigenous peoples for carrying loads and providing wool for centuries. Llamas are social animals, often kept in herds, and are known for their unique, expressive faces.

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About llamas

Llamas are domesticated mammals from the camel family, native to the Andean highlands of South America. They have been integral to indigenous Andean cultures since the pre-Columbian era, primarily used for their ability to transport heavy loads across mountainous terrains. Llamas are sturdy, hardy animals with a fine undercoat which can be used in making garments and handicrafts. Their distinct features include long faces, large nostrils, and elongated ears. Social and intelligent, llamas communicate through a series of hums, and their expressive faces often convey their mood. They typically weigh between 130 and 200 kilograms and live up to 20 years. Llamas also serve a protective role in herds of sheep and goats, as they are excellent at guarding livestock.

Khan and Gang

Our sanctuary is currently home to several friendly and laid-back llamas, they were originally from a local circus, who asked us to take them in. They thoroughly enjoy human interaction.

One of our male llamas, named Khan, is particularly popular with our visitors. He serves as our chief walking llama, offering guests the delightful experience of walking him around the field while learning more about his breed.
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Image by Monika Kubala


Llamas typically live for about 15 to 25 years, depending on their care and environment. These resilient animals, native to the Andean regions of South America, benefit significantly from good nutrition, proper veterinary care, and a safe, stress-free habitat, factors that can extend their lifespan in captivity.

Family Feeding Pigs


Llamas were domesticated from the wild guanacos in the Andes of South America around 4,000-5,000 years ago. Originally bred by the Incas, llamas were vital for transporting goods across mountainous terrain and remain culturally significant in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile.

Did you know?

Llamas have a unique way of expressing annoyance: they spit! This behavior is used to establish social hierarchy within their groups or deter threats. Interestingly, they can also spit as a reaction to dislike or discomfort.

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Our sanctuary is home to dozens of different animals, ranging from horses, birds of prey, goats to cute ferrets and aviary birds. Take a look at our animal page to learn more.

Animals at the Heavy Horse Centre
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