Why llamas? Because they are a native and highly eco-friendly animal

Why llamas? Because they are a native and highly eco-friendly animal

 

 

 

Why llamas? Because they are a native and highly eco-friendly animal

 

Llamas are indigenous animals perfectly adapted to pack labor in high altitudes and mountain trails, unlike foreign carrier animals introduced to Peru such as donkeys, mules and horses, whose use results in trail erosion and ecosystem degradation.

 

 

Llamas have a high value for our cultural landscape since they are the emblem animals of Peru.

 

They are present in a great variety of local cultural expressions.

 

Their feet are like cushions, which do not erode or deteriorate ancestral Andean trails.

 

 

When feeding, their teeth cut the grass instead of pulling it out from the root, which allows regeneration of the plants they eat.

 

Llamas have a varied diet, which reduces impact on any specific plant species.

 

They can easily adapt to diverse ecological conditions due to their varied diet.

 

Llamas are able to cross the highest and hardest Andean trails.

 

 

They keep the trails clean since, by nature, they choose only one place to go to the ‘toilet’.

 

Llamas can resist long drought periods.

 

They are very alert animals that scare away cattle threats like foxes.

 

Its fiber has a wide color tone variety and its quality allows the production of long lasting clothes.

 

 

Its leather can be used to manufacture strong and durable ropes and strings used in farming accessories.

 

Their meat is organic and low in cholesterol, which contributes to the basic high-Andean diet based in carbohydrates.

 

Llamas are eco-friendly and noble animals perfectly adapted to the extreme weather conditions of the high Andes.

 

 

 

Llama Pack Project is focused on rescuing the ancestral traditions of Andean communities related to the use and breeding of the llama as a carrier animal.

 

Due to time, discontinuity and lack of knowledge these traditions have been lost and replaced by the use of carrier animals such as donkeys, bulls and horses which have a strong impact on landscape contamination and degradation.

 

They work on creating ecological awareness amongst locals related to the use of the llama as a more eco-friendly animal for the conservation of their mountain ecosystems. They also work on highlighting the benefits and potential uses of the llama and are working in the genetic recovery of the authentic Peruvian llama, a strong and majestic animal who´s characteristics provide a better performance of the specimen.

 

 

 

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