The Alabama Safari Park has a sizable population of llamas that we affectionately call Bucket Bandits -- along with camels, Scottish Highland cattle, and zebras -- because they love to nab feed buckets from our visitors.
In the Wild
Native to the South American highlands, llamas can survive at heights up to 16,000 feet. Because they can carry up to ¼ of their body weight for several miles, llamas were domesticated by local crop-growing tribes as beasts of burden. Their wool is also shorn and spun to make clothing and home decor items such as rugs.
Llamas are very social animals and live in herds. Fully grown llamas can be nearly 6 feet tall and up to 350 pounds. They can live for 20 years in the wild.