Dromedary Camel

camelus dromedarius

Dromedary Camel originally came from North America and spread to other continents. Dromedary Camel became extinct in North America about 2 million years ago. The domesticated camel provides food, clothing, and transportation to people of the Middle East. The Dromedary Camel hump is composed of fatty tissue and not for water storage, as is commonly believed. Our camels can be seen at location attractions, commercials and Christmas Naivety Scenes all over the country.

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Other Dromedary Camel facts

Conservation Status
Not Threatened
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    Habitat: Dromedary Camel are from North Africa, Middle East. Gestation: 390 to 410 days

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    Browse, leaves, shrubs, cactus, bark and grasses are the camel’s natural food items in the wild. Our camels at the Natural Bridge Zoo enjoy their daily selection of grain and fine quality hay.

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    Fun Fact

    A Dromedary Camel has the ability to go without water for many days and completely hydrate itself when given the opportunity to drink, consuming as much as 30 gallons at a time.