An Annotated List of
About or Related to Llamas
Most of the books listed here
that are still in print can be ordered through your local bookstore;
some can also be ordered directly from the publisher. Some of
the llama books, as well as many of the non-lama books, are available
from Amazon.com and other
Page One: Llama Books
. . . Medical . . . Poisonous Plants . . . Training
Llama Packing . ...Driving Llamas in Harness .. Llama Showing . . . Llamas
Alpacas . . . Llama Wool and Fiber Use
Informational Children's Books
. . . Children's Stories . . . Fiction for Older Children
Fiction for Adults . .
. . . . Nonfiction for Adults
THIS PAGE: Llama Videos,
Magazines, Chat Lists, and Organizations
. . . Magazine
Articles about Llamas
Page Three: Useful Nonllama Resources
Health and Care . . . Performance . . . Biomechanics, Gaits, and Scaling
Hiking and Packing .
. . Animal-Assisted Therapy . . . Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Welfare
. . . Animal Intelligence
and Mental Nature
. . . Communicating with
Click and Reward Volumes I & II --
Training for Llamas and Alpacas --
Jim and Amy Logan, Snow Ridge Llamas, © 1999
If you just can't seem to get consistent results
when teaching simple tasks to your lamas or if you are a person
who needs or just prefers to follow a method, this could be the
resource for you. "Clicker" training clearly segregates
and times cues, release commands, and rewards for you, the human
(and the lama says "Whew, that scattered-brained human is
finally making sense!"). Volume one is very basic; volume
two is applied clicker training for more complex, practical tasks
as well as tricks.
If you are already having good success teaching
lamas on your own, you can pass on this set, although volume
two can expand your understanding of the mechanics of timing,
cues, releases, and rewards as well as having entertainment value.
Magazines and Periodicals
The Alpaca Registry Journal
Magazine of the Alpaca Registry, Inc.
Magazine of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders
Rose Valley Loop, Kelso, WA 98626
Newsletter-size publication exclusively about
pack llamas and llama packing
Quarterly 70 MacEwan Ridge Place NW, Calgary, Alberta CANADA
Canadian publication covering all four South
American camelids. Content is broad and has international application;
however, because there are fewer llamas in Canada, rescue and
lama welfare receive no emphasis or exposure.
Llama Banner PO
Box 1968, Manhattan, KS 66502
Full-color ads for in-fashion llamas, show
results and some articles supporting the show, fad & fashion
Llama Life II 5232
Blenheim Road, Charlottesville, VA 29902
General interest; includes an "outreach"
(that's "PC" for rescue) section.
Magazine Articles about Llamas
Camels of the Clouds -- W.H.
Hodge, National Geographic, May 1946
The High, Wild World of the Vicuna
-- William L. Franklin, National Geographic, January 1973
Living with Guanacos -- William
L. Franklin, National Geographic, July 1981
Some immigrant llamas thrive
in home of forebears -- J. Fincher, Smithsonian, December 1979
An exotic creature makes a useful
change in careers -- Barbara Holland, Smithsonian, August 1994
WARNING: Chat lists are a great
way to fritter away time that could better be spent with your
llamas (that's the primary reason we no longer subscribe to any
listservers). They are also a great way to get a lot of dangerous
misinformation disguised as "accepted fact." In fact,
most chat lists ban specific individual llama enthusiasts who
put llama welfare before human gratification so that profit-driven
practices can be espoused without opposition -- sad, but all
too true. And finally, chat lists can be a great way to watch
adults behave like vindictive, mannerless children ... or a vigilante
mob (many unable to support their position on a given subject
usually resort to launching character attacks and those who have
attacked the same character in the past rush to jump on the bandwagon)!
Sign on to chat lists at your own -- and your llamas' -- risk.
We've stopped providing links
to specific chat lists because so many now exist, and because
our experience is that llama chat lists tend to attract all the
wrong people -- newbies to llamas who actually want human conversation,
and self-proclaimed experts who spend far more time with their
computers on chat lists than they ever will with llamas (let
alone learning about llamas ... and from them!).
Owners and Breeders Association
- 1140 Manford Ave.
- PO Box 1992
- Estes Park, CO 80517-1992
- Alpaca Registry, Inc (ARI)
- PO Box 87
- Kalispell, MT 59903
and Llama Show Association
- 607 California Avenue
- Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Lama Registry (ILR)
- PO Box 8
- Kalispell, MT 59903
- NOTE: The ILR now has it's own Show Division as well as the
Pre-purchase information and support for both
new owners and adopters of rescued llamas!
Currently held in Bellingham, WA at the end
of April each year.
Definitely one of the best sources for hands-on
llama and alpaca care and general information you can get. Sponsored
by donations of time and money by a whole group of people who
put llamas and alpacas FIRST, so it's FREE!
This annotated list is
not intended to be complete and comprehensive. Inclusion does
not constitute endorsement; exclusion is not a criticism.
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