African Safari Wildlife Park is home to a number of llamas and alpacas. Most of them reside in the drive-thru Safari, while some are also located in the walk-thru.
Can you spot the differences between a llama and alpaca? If not, here are a few fun facts and signs to help tell the difference during your next visit to African Safari.
• Alpacas and llamas are both social herd animals that are native to South America.
Visitors to African Safari Wildlife Park have a friendly encounter with
friendly llama – or is it an alpaca? (Photo courtesy of African Safari
• A llama is almost twice the size of an alpaca.
• Llamas have been bread for thousands of years in various South American cultures as packing animals.
• Alpacas have also been bred for thousands of years, but because of their fine fiber fur.
• Alpaca ears are smaller and more pointed, as compared to llama ears that are longer and more banana-shaped.
• Alpacas were a mode of survival in Ancient Incan Societies because everything they made was created from Alpaca fiber. They even used Alpaca cloth as currency.
• Llamas were also commonly used in the Incan Empire, and were of symbolic significance. Figurines of llamas were often buried with the dead.
Through Sept. 3, African Safari is open daily, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last car admitted at 6 p.m. From Sept. 4 to Dec. 2, the park is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last car admitted at 4 p.m. Extended hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will offered during weekends in September.
Through Sept. 29, visitors who mention the code NL829 when they get to the park can get a special carload discount of $44 per car.
Visit www.africansafariwildlifepark.com for more information.