Memphis space ‘Llama Squad’ have their own company playing cards

Tito’s ears perked up and his extended neck swiveled towards some deer down the street. He is the most observant and curious of the Llama Squad, a newly shaped trio who are living on a couple acres of land in Bartlett.

A lot more and more these times, the three llamas, new to Memphis last spring, have been venturing to extra populated spots, posing for shots in the vicinity of the Hernando de Soto bridge and Levitt Shell.

Shortly right after, Everett Van Zandt, 3, grabbed the leash and guided the 220-pound llama up a mound of grime for a better see of the road in Shelby Farms. Tito the Llama, King of the Hill. 

Brothers Cooper and Everett Van Zandt stand on top of a dirt hill with llamas and Chewy (brown) and Tito at Shelby Farms playground in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday, October 18, 2020.

Whitney Van Zandt, who dubbed Tito king on a current Friday afternoon, has been around llamas because she was 10. What started as a component-time volunteer task turned into full-time volunteer task, turned into a lifelong love.

Originally from California, Van Zandt moved to Memphis practically 10 many years ago with other llamas who have considering that died. This spring, llamas Tito, Kaibab and Chewy came from their previous midwestern residences to their new property with the Van Zandts. Considering the fact that they arrived, the family has produced a pointed effort to socialize the younger trio, benefitting both of those the llamas and any passersby.  

“Every person, even if they really don’t appear up and see them, when they arrive by, most situations you get a smile or you get individuals like, ‘What a minute. What was that?'” Whitney reported, laughing. 

Whitney Van Zandt and her llama Kaibab at Shelby Farms playground in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday, October 18, 2020. She has handled lamas for over 28 years.

A regular stream of persons of all ages arrived up to the llamas at Shelby Farms on a latest Friday, curious about wherever the three had been from, how they obtained below and what they are like as pets. 

“Not a thing you see each and every day all-around in this article,” mentioned one particular man at Shelby Farms. 

Whitney acknowledged that “we hear that regularly.”

Like a great deal of other animals these times, the squad has its personal accounts on social media, in which Whitney’s spouse, Memphis photographer Phillip Van Zandt, shares their photographs around city.