- The Red River Zoo is home to a small herd of Bactrian Camels.
What do I look like?
What do I eat?
Where do I live?
How big is my family?
A strong male acts as our leader and we are all related.
How am I adapted for winter?
Did You Know?
Camel’s humps store fat, not water. They convert this fat into energy when food is scarce.
Camels can go several weeks without drinking water. When they do drink, they drink a lot. One camel can drink more than 30 gallons of water in less than 10 minutes! That’s enough water to fill a bathtub halfway.
Camels are diurnal creatures. They sleep at night and use the day for activities like searching for food-just like humans.
Camels have been used to transport goods across the desert throughout history because of their unique feet. Unlike other animals with hooves, all their weight rests evenly on their sole-pads and not just the tip of their toes where their hooves are. This adaptation enables them to walk on top of sand and snow instead of sinking into it.
Bactrian camels are critically endangered. Their habitats are disappearing due to human interaction because of mining, industrial development, and farming. Upset farmers often hunt camels in fear they will over-graze and take up their livestock’s food source even when camels are legally protected.