April 20, 2020

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World Llama Day celebrated at Casela World of Adventures

Last Sunday, January 27, Casela World of Adventures celebrated the World Llama Day and organised a fun day filled with several activities suitable for all ages. The visitors had the opportunity to enjoy free interaction with the llamas at the park while feeding them. A truly special bonding time with these big curious animals which delighted both the grown-ups and the little ones.

There were also different quizzes during this particular day. Furthermore, to enhance this unique experience with the llamas, the Zookeepers carried out various talks in order for the visitors to discover and learn more about this singular species.

It was on November 27, 2016, that Casela welcomed seven llamas for the first time. The animals have travelled all the way from South Africa by plane. After being in a quarantine period, they were moved to the petting farm so that they could get used to the visitors. The new residents were then baptised through a contest among the public, from which all of them were named to Fidu, Oko, Chikita, Machu, Palma, Zorino and Cuzco.

Then in March 2017, Casela announced the birth of the first baby llama ever born on Mauritian soil. Few lucky Zookeepers were able to witness the birth of this cute little male. After consultation with the Veterinary Manager, Dr. Marie Claire Domaingue, the first Mauritian lama was named Maurice in a patriotic drive around the national holiday. During the last two years, the park has seen other births including those of Cauet (named after the famous French animator Cauet himself), Pitchu, Dewan and Chriss. Thanks to the meticulous work of the petting farm team and several training sessions, the llamas can now interact with both young and old. These four-legged boarders can be seen every day at the park, especially since the observation of llamas is included in the entrance ticket.

Smart species

The llama (Lama glama) is a domesticated South American camelid from a wild species. The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is 1.7 to 1.8 m tall at the top of the head and can weigh between 130 and 200 kg. Llamas are herbivorous and in captivity, they also feed on a wide variety of available foods.

At birth, a baby llama (called cria) can weigh between 9 and 14 kg. Baby llamas are usually born with all the females of the herd assembled to protect themselves against male llamas and potential predators. Birth usually occurs in 30 minutes and is fast and trouble-free. Most births take place between 8 am and noon, during the hottest hours of the day. Llamas generally live for 15 to 25 years.

They are very social animals and live with other llamas as a herd. Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions.

Although the social structure can always change, llamas live with their families and care for each other. If one of them hears a strange noise or feels threatened, an audible warning is sent to others. The sound of the llama emitting groans is often a sign of fear or anger. If a llama is agitated, he will put his ears behind.

For more information, visit Casela World of Adventures’ website : www.caselapark.com or call on 401 65 00.