Llamas and alpacas are both native South American animals and are often confused with one another. Here is a quick reference so you never make the mistake that so many travelers do.
They both come from the high plains of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia called the Altiplano. The first llama was brought to the United States in the 1920s as part of William Randolph Hearst’s personal zoo. Here is a break-down of the differences:
Now you know how to spot these furry friends but we suggest that you don’t try to bring one home for your own personal zoo. Although Mr.Hearst had no problems, we think border control might have something to say.