Camel Encounters

Enjoy an unforgettable experience meeting a camel up close! Feed it some lettuce and pose for a photo! Discover more about Camel Encounters and dromedary camels below.

What Is a Camel Encounter?

Camel Encounters give our guests the opportunity to feed and pose for photos with our dromedary camels. Be aware that touching is always at the discretion of our zoo staff.

How Much Does It Cost?

Tickets are $3.00 per encounter. One encounter includes three pieces of lettuce. Guests may purchase as many encounters as they'd like. Price includes 6% Kentucky sales tax.

When Are Camel Encounters Offered?

Camel Encounters are offered year-round, weather permitting, as an alternative to camel rides when they are not available. The specific dates and times that encounters are available vary by season, so check your daily schedule upon arrival.

Camel

Dromedary Camel

These “ships of the desert” can survive for weeks and travel over 100 miles without food or water!

Day of Creation: six
Biblical Kind: camelid (also includes Bactrian camels, llamas, guanacos, alpacas, and vicunas)
Status: least concern (domesticated)
Height: 6–7 feet at the shoulder
Weight: 1200–1600 pounds
Habitat: deserts of northern Africa and the Middle East, but domesticated worldwide
Lifespan: 30–50 years
Diet: dry grasses, shrubs, and thorny plants
Family Life: live in large caravans
Reproduction: single calves are born after a 12- to 14-month gestation

Fun Facts

Camel

Contrary to popular myth, camels do not store water in their humps! Camel humps are made up of fat and cartilage. Camels store water in their oval-shaped blood cells, which can expand two-and-a-half times in size to store huge amounts of water. In fact, camels can drink 30 gallons of water in ten minutes!

Even the hottest deserts may drop below freezing at night, but camels can survive both extreme heat and cold, and are able to fluctuate their internal body temperatures between 93°F and 106°F.

Camels have clear third eyelids, long eyelashes, and long ear hair to protect against sand. They can also seal their nostrils to prevent inhaling sand during sandstorms.

Leathery foot pads allow camels to walk on top of the sand instead of sinking down into it. They also have tough calluses on their knees and chests that support their bodies while lying down, preventing burns from hot sand.

Dromedary camels have been vital to the survival of desert cultures throughout history. They can be conditioned to carry up to 1000 pounds for 25 miles per day. They also provide fiber, hides, milk, meat, and feces for use. Camel racing is also a popular sport, as camels can run up to 40 miles per hour!

Dates and Times

July 6, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 6, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 7, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 7, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 8, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 8, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 9, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 9, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 10, 2022

02:00p.m.

July 11, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 11, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 12, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 12, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 13, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 13, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 14, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 14, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 15, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 15, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 16, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 16, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 17, 2022

02:00p.m.

July 18, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 18, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 19, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 19, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 20, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 20, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 21, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 21, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 22, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 22, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 23, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 23, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 24, 2022

02:00p.m.

July 25, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 25, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 26, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 26, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 27, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 27, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 28, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 28, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 29, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 29, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 30, 2022

10:00a.m.

July 30, 2022

06:00p.m.

July 31, 2022

02:00p.m.