Camel Encounters

                Camel Rides


  • Come ride a camel for only $5.
  • Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Rides are not available during inclement weather.
  • No reservations required.
  • Must be 38" tall to ride unaccompanied.

 

The camel has long held a special place in history and the evolution of mankind. From the Three Magi searching for the Christ child to Lawrence of Arabia or popular cigarettes, camels have captured the hearts and imaginations of many. Most of us know that Camels are large mammals that live in dry areas. What you might not know is there are two types of camels: the one-humped camel (known as the Dromedary) and the two-humped camel (known as the Bactrian). Dromedary camels are found in the very hot deserts of North Africa and the Middle East. Bactrian camels are found in the rocky deserts and steppes of Asia that get very hot and very cold.


Contrary to popular belief, camels do not store water in their humps. The humps are actually a reservoir of fatty tissue. Concentrating body fat in their humps minimizes heat-trapping insulation which, combined with their thick coat and long legs, shield the camel from the intense heat radiated from desert sand. Similarly, camels have very sturdy mouths, enabling them to chew thorny desert plants. Long eyelashes and ear hairs, together with sealable nostrils, form a barrier against sand.

Their gait and their widened feet help them move without sinking into the sand. Camels are able to withstand changes in body temperature and water consumption that would kill most other animals. In fact, a camel can go 3 to 4 days without food or water, and they don't even begin to sweat until their body temperature reaches 107.5 degrees Fahrenheit! They often huddle together in large groups during incredibly hot days to minimize the amount of heat that reflects off of the bright sand thus keeping the group considerably cooler. 

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