The llama farm

At Riva Bella Resort in Corsica, llamas are also on holiday!

The holiday village of Riva Bella Naturiste in Corsica is home to 70 llamas. Present since 1989, the llamas have adapted to the seaside climate. At liberty for a good part of the year, they help to maintain the domain during the winter. Their work consists of eating the bushes and young tree shoots to prevent the site from being invaded by the maquis. The rest of the year, they enjoy the sun!

Despite its haughty bearing, the llama is gentle and curious. It is a peaceful animal, it spits only to defend itself, on its fellow creatures, rarely on man.

Originally from South America, it lives in herds, females and unweaned young on one side and males on the other. It is an agile animal, without hooves, it does not damage vegetation

During reproduction, ovulation is induced by the male's mating. One of the first consequences of this phenomenon is that there is no particular mating season. A young female can be put with the male around 14 - 18 months, depending on her development. A young male can fulfil his role from 2 1/2 - 3 years of age.

The average gestation period is 350 days in the llama. Most births take place during the day, between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m., and are generally trouble-free. Twin births are extremely rare. The young can be weaned at around 6 months. You can also choose to leave the calf with its mother: it will then continue to suckle for much longer. In any case, the baby should be separated at least one month before the next birth.

The llama is herbivorous, it chews its cud (it has 3 stomachs) and likes the flora of the maquis: brambles, oak leaves, pine needles, juniper, juniper, juniper, mastic grass, strawberry tree... the llama also likes the treats you can bring him: dry bread, leftover fruit or vegetable peelings which he loves to eat to the delight of the children. In summer the llamas are in the parks, you can get to them without any problem and walk around them.

Nothing gets lost, everything is transformed. Part of the wool is used to insulate the attics and the walls of the bungalows, the other part is given to Lana Corsa, a workshop for the artisanal transformation of Corsican wool installed in Saliceto in the heart of Corsica. Weaving and felting workshops are organised to transform llama wool. The shearing of the Riva Bella llamas is carried out on site with shearers powered by solar energy.

The llamas participate in Riva Bella's ecotourism initiative. They help to maintain the resort naturally by aerating and fertilising the soil through their movements and the 70 hectares of the site are cleared of make-up all year round, thus avoiding a lot of energy expenditure.