Animal Corner — Camels

Have you ever wondered why camels have humps? It is commonly believed that humps store water for them. However, that is far from the truth. In the desert, little food and water is available for them to consume. The hump stores fat to provide these wonderful creatures with all the energy they need in between feedings and drinkings.

There are two types of camels. Dromedary camels have one hump, and the Bactrian camels have two. Both are great examples of how an animal can adapt to live in extreme weather conditions. They adapt easily to harsh temperatures in places like North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Because fat is concentrated in the hump, their bodies are not insulated and their temperature does not rise in these hot climates!

In addition to their humps,  camels have specialized eyelids that help keep out blowing sand. They are capable of carrying up to 1,500 pounds. They can also run up to 25 mph, making them as fast as they are strong. The next time you take our bus tour, we encourage you to pet and feed these beautiful animals up close. Keep your eye out for Clyde, though. He has been known to steal all the food if you are not watching, earning him the nickname Klepto Clyde!