BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - June 25, 2014 - Back by popular demand, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomes three camels to the state's only zoo for the summer. These exotic animals were a huge hit with the public last year and will call Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo home through Labor Day.
"Every day is Hump Day this summer at Connecticut's only zoo!" joked Gregg Dancho, zoo director. "Last year, visitors couldn't get enough of our kissable camels so this year we have three visiting us for the whole summer. If you've never seen one up close, this is your chance!"
Joining Toby and Goliath, who were at the zoo last summer, is Noah. All three will be available for rides from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Visitors are welcome to take photos at no additional charge and may purchase ride tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride (cash only). While there are no age restrictions for riders, anyone five years old and younger requires an adult rider with them. The zoo also is offering a combination ticket for both a carousel and camel ride for $6.00.
Fun camel facts, courtesy of Environmental Graffiti:
Bactrian camels have two humps while Dromedary camels have one hump. (Toby and Goliath are Dromedary camels.)
The name camel comes from Arabic, meaning "beauty."
A camel's hump stores fat - not water - as many believe.
Camels can drink up to 40 gallons at one time.
Camels can go for long periods of time without drinking because of the shape of their red blood cells, which are oval, and allows them to flow easily without clumping. They are the only mammals to have this kind of blood cell.
Camels can kick in all four directions with each leg.
Camels can eat anything without injuring their mouths - including thorny twigs.
Camels can close their nostrils against wind and sand when necessary.
Their coats reflect sunlight and insulate them from the desert heat.
"Spitting" is actually a way that camels defend themselves. They don't actually spit but rather throw up a nasty smelling fluid when provoked.
The camels are not the only new addition to the zoo family. Connecticut's only zoo is experiencing a baby boom with the recent births of four North American River otter pups, four Red wolf pups, and six Guinea hog piglets.
"This is a great time of year to visit and observe these baby animals and their interactions with their parents. It's educational and entertaining all at the same time," stated Dancho. "Don't wait too long, though, because babies grow up fast!"
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $14.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. For more information about Connecticut's only zoo, visit .
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