Dromedary camel
Animals

Camel

At A Glance

  • Conservation Status: Stable
  • Location: Elephant Odyssey
  • ZOO ZONE: Elephant Odyssey

    Camels were domesticated more than 3,000 years ago, yet humans still depend on them for transport across arid environments. They can easily carry extra weight while walking miles a day in the desert. Camels can travel as fast as horses but can also endure legendary periods of time without food or water. Humans have used camels for their wool, milk, meat, leather, and dung, which can be used for fuel. Look for dromedary or one-humped camels in Elephant Odyssey.

    Did you know? The camel’s hump is filled with fat, not water. While dromedary camels are largely domesticated and their population is stable, Bactrian camels are critically endangered in the wild.

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