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Llama Trek - May 25 – September 2

You “herd” right! In the summer of 2019, llamas will be making their debut at the Minnesota Zoo.
Llama Trek, the special experience along the Northern Trail, will allow guests to walk among free-roaming llamas.
The seasonal space will feature other South American animals—guinea pigs and flightless birds known as rheas—and highlight the Minnesota Zoo’s efforts to support wild chinchilla conservation in Chile.
Free with Zoo admission. Hours 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.

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Guinea Pigs and Rheas

Llama Trek will also feature guinea pigs and rheas, both native to South America. Guinea pigs will be roaming in an exhibit modeled after Peru’s Machu Picchu. Rheas, which are large flightless birds, will have their own space next to Llama Trek.

Wild Chinchilla Conservation

Although domestic chinchillas are fairly common as pets, they are close to extinction in the wild. In fact, long-tailed chinchillas were thought to be extinct in the 1960s, but have since been rediscovered. Short-tailed chinchillas were presumed extinct and were rediscovered in the early 2000s. You can learn more about chinchilla conservation, and how you can help, by visiting Llama Trek this summer at the Minnesota Zoo.


Llama Facts

  • Llamas are considered camelids and are related to alpacas and camels
  • Llamas and alpacas are different; llamas are larger with longer faces and banana-shaped ears
  • Llamas only have two toes on each foot
  • Llamas are highly social and do best living in herds
  • A mama llama and her offspring (called a cria) will hum to each other to bond

Llama Trek - FAQs

What is Llama Trek?
Have you herd about Llama Trek? Bring your flock to this immersive new exhibit featuring llamas, rheas and guinea pigs.
Guests will walk among llamas, without barriers! However, we ask that guests stay on the walking path and do not touch the llamas.
The llamas will be much more fleeced to meet you that way.

Where is Llama Trek?
It is located along the Zoo’s Northern Trail.

What are the dates of Llama Trek?
Llama Trek is scheduled to open Saturday, May 25. It will be open daily through Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

What are the times of Llama Trek?
Hours for Llama Trek will be 9:30 am – 6 pm daily, weather-permitting.

Is Llama Trek included with zoo admission?
Yes, access to Llama Trek is included with Zoo admission.

Can you ride a llama?
No, you can’t ride a llama. But you can ride a camel at the Camel Ride area next to Llama Trek. Did you know that camels and llamas are related to each other?

If you can’t ride a llama, what can you do with them?
Guests ages 1 and older can purchase tickets to walk a llama on a special llama path!
Tickets are $7 per person, and only those with tickets will be allowed in the designated walking area.
Take a selfie and tell all your friends how phe-llama-nol it is to walk a llama.

Are service dogs allowed?
Due to the sensitivity of the llamas and guest safety, service animals are not allowed in the Llama Trek habitat.

Is Llama Trek wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The path is compacted gravel. The llama walking path is wheelchair accessible, too.

More to Explore.

Did you know the Minnesota Zoo is a year-round destination with acres of indoor exhibits and interactive experiences for children and families? Meet hundreds of animals along our Tropics Trail and learn how our conservation efforts are supporting endangered species like the Red Panda. Or get up close and personal with sharks and rays inside the tide pool at Discovery Bay.

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