A trio of camels is now residing at the Little Rock Zoo. The one-humped dromedaries are on the younger side, at one-and-a-half years old. Susan Altrui says their arrival is part of a regular Spring swap.
“They came to us from a farm out of Oklahoma. We are borrowing them for the season and they are just adorable. Their names are June, Sally, and Stella. They’re just about one years old so they’ll be growing up with us here at the Little Rock Zoo and we’re thrilled to have them,” said Altrui.
Their stay is a temporary one at the cost of “a couple thousand dollars.” They won’t be reaching their full height of seven feet for another six or so years. The domesticated animals can be found in many parts of the world from Australia to India to Africa. And no humps are exactly alike.
“It just kind of depends on the attitude of the camel,” says Altrui. “Some are keepers, some camels can be rowdy, and some can be friendly. But so far these three girls seem to be great.”
They’ll roam in the space once occupied for giraffes. Altrui says the zoo is at work to get those creatures back in Little Rock.