The ILR is the largest accurate compilation of lama genealogical information in the world. The Registry is a not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of maintaining an official genealogical registry system and research services for owners of sub species of the genus lama: llama ( lama glama ), guanaco ( lama guanicoe ), vicuna ( lama vicugna ) and cross-bred. It can be compared to a large library, a valuable storehouse of information, whose job is to gather and maintain accurate genealogical records. The focus is always on the expansion and accuracy of the records. Alpacas ( lama pacos ) are registered under their own registry, Alpaca Registry, Incorporated. Why Register Your Llama? All serious livestock breeders choose registered stock for their breeding programs. Most regional and national shows, sales and other events require that participating llamas be registered. Registered animals have enhanced value, as their pedigrees are recorded and more informed breeding choices can be made because their lineage can be traced. Why Transfer Your Llama's Certificate? The ownership of animals is closely monitored to insure accurate breeding records. The Registry requires the signatures of the owner of the sire at the time of conception, and the owner of the dam both at the time of conception and at the birth of the cria. Not transferring an animal may result in confusion or difficulty in registering a cria. What Services Does The Registry Provide? The most important service the Registry provides is the prompt and accurate documentation of lineage. In addition, the Registry is a research center for members wishing extended pedigree information on multiple generations, statistical data, herd lists, progeny lists, country of origin, age and color - invaluable tools in a breeding program. Statistical data provided by the ILR enables the entire llama community to monitor industry growth patterns. Who Are The Registry Members? Members of the ILR pay a small membership fee each year. Each member receives Registry mailings, which include ballots, surveys, and the ILReport ( the ILR newsletter ), as well as other timely announcements. Members are offered many services which will enhance their ownership of llamas. If you are not a member of the ILR, click on the button below for a list of advantages of membership and an online application. How Large Is The Registry Database? At the end of 2008, the Registry has records on over 211, 000 llamas with over 35, 800 owners in many countries world wide. How Was The Registry Created? The Registry was established in 1985 legally independent from all llama organizations.