After three decades, camel rides are back at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden!
Guests visiting the OKC Zoo through Sunday, November 4, can enjoy a camel ride with Mongo or Captain Al, the dromedary camels located in the pachyderm habitat. The $6 tickets to ride may be purchased on-site at the camel habitat. Rides will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends (weather permitting) and children under 6 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Other rules are posted at the habitat.
Mongo, 10, and Captain Al, 12, are both males, weigh in at about 2,000 pounds and stand over 10-feet tall. They can be easily distinguished by their fur: Mongo’s is a rich brown, while Captain Al’s fur is a lighter tan. Caretakers describe them as fun-loving and easy-going. Both love eating tree leaves (browse), have big personalities and enjoy working with their caretakers.
Dromedary camels are native to northern Africa and the middle east, areas with harsh desert climates. This has led to several adaptations in the species including heavy calluses on their feet and other areas of their body that make contact with the ground. This allows them to comfortably walk or rest on hot surfaces without getting burned.
Double rows of extra-long eyelashes help keep sand out of their eyes. And camels can close their nostrils to keep sand out of their nose, too! Dromedary camels, also known as Arabian camels, represent about 90 percent of the world’s camels.
Camel rides are not included in the Zoo-It-All or Ride-It-All packages.