Dromedary Camel

Camelus dromedarius

Our resident baby camels are "Forrest Hump and Jenny".  Both babies can be bottle-fed during bottle feeding times and one is currently at each park!  Once they area old enough, they will be reunited and joined into the breeding groups at the Drive Thru location.

Native to Northern Africa and adapted to desert life, camels have been used for thousands of years for transportation, food, milk, fur and even their poop is used to fuel fire.  Dromedary camels have just one fatty hump whereas bactrian have two.  Males can reach 6.6 feet at the shoulder and up to 1300 pounds.  Females are slightly smaller only reaching up to 1200 pounds.  Females can give birth to a single calf anytime of the year after a gestation of 11.5 to 12 months.  They have been known to live 40-50 years in captivity.

Interesting Facts:

¨ Camels can drink 30 gallons of water in as little as 10 minutes.

¨ Camels store fat, not water, in their humps.  Baby camels are born without a hump and it will not develop until it begins to eat solid food.

¨ Camels body temperature can fluctuate from 93-107 degrees depending upon the temperature.

¨ Camels are no longer considered a wild animal.

¨ Camels have several desert adaptations including slit nostrils that can be closed, long eyelashes to keep out the sand and broad hooves to make walking in the desert sand easier.

¨ Camels are herbivores, but when food is scarce they turn into omnivores and have been known to eat sticks, bones, and even meat!