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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.                                                                                                       Donzi1

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

 Birthdate:  June 14, 2008

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