Kissable Camels Come the Zoo

Date: 
Fri, 05/24/2013

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – May 24, 2013 –Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is known for offering special family programming during the summer months. In years past, the zoo has featured a free flight bird show, Rainforest Reptiles, and last year’s Galapagos tortoises were a huge hit with the public. Starting this weekend, two camels will call Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo home through Labor Day.
 
“Kids of all ages are welcome to climb aboard these camels for an experience they won’t soon forget,” explained Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “While we don’t encourage kissing the camels, we’re sure that photos of these guys will be popping up on social media sites (#ctbzoo) all summer long!”
 
The camels, named Toby and Goliath, may be found on the greenhouse lawn and rides will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person, which includes photos. Visitors will be able to purchase ride tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride. While there are no age restrictions for riders, anyone five years old and younger requires an adult rider with them. The zoo also is offering a combo ticket for both a carousel and camel ride for $6.00.
 
Fun camel facts, courtesy of Environmental Graffiti.
 

  • Bactrian camels have two humps while Dromedary camels have one hump. (Toby and Goliath are Dromedary camels.)
  • The name camel comes from Arabic, meaning “beauty.”
  • A camel’s hump stores fat – not water - as many believe.
  • Camels can drink up to 40 gallons at one time.
  • Camels can go for long periods of time without drinking because of the shape of their red blood cells, which are oval, and allows them to flow easily without clumping. They are the only mammals to have this kind of blood cell.
  • Camels can kick in all four directions with each leg.
  • Camels can eat anything without injuring their mouths – including thorny twigs.
  • Camels can close their nostrils against wind and sand when necessary.
  • Their coats reflect sunlight and insulate them from the desert heat.
  • “Spitting” is actually a way that camels defend themselves. They don’t actually spit but rather throw up a nasty smelling fluid when provoked.