Sustainable Agriculture

LLAMA

MEET DONZI: SURI LLAMA, A RARE BREED

Donzi came to Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center March 28, 2013 from Daybreak Criations.

Llamas are members of the camel family. Their lifespan ranges between 10 to 20-plus years.

Donzi is a full-grown Suri male llama, measuring 5½ feet tall and weighing 240 pounds. Since llamas are about twice the size of alpacas, they instinctively protect their partner animals from predators by herding the alpacas into a safe place, as well as chasing, biting and kicking any predators.

Suri llamas are fairly rare breeds; they comprise only 6% of the total llama population. Their long and lustrous fleece, which makes their fiber highly prized, can total nearly 8 pounds per animal annually.

Though llamas do produce fiber, peoples of the Andes Mountains originally domesticated llamas as pack animals, to carry 50-75 pounds through steep terrain. Llamas have evolved to grow coarse guard hair to protect their finer inner coat from chaffing while bearing packs.

Visit Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center to meet Donzi and learn more about the rare Suri llamas — and how they protect the herd.

Donzi’s birthdate is June 14, 2008.

Events & Programs

Winters are wonderful at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - March Friday Sessions
March 1, 8, 15, 22 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $150 per child for all 4 Fridays
AGES 4-7
A nature immersion camp awakening a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.
Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art.
For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143,
visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
March 16, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Winter Survival
COST: $35 per child  AGES 8-12

A magical morning of snow science and games while enjoying a snowshoe hike!

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here
or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!

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PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center (BPEEC) helps people of all ages experientially learn about domestic livestock, horticulture, green energy generation and environmental conservation in a high-alpine, natural setting at Sacramento Creek Ranch near Fairplay, Colorado.

 

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