Star-struck camels search for three wise men
Tuesday 18 December 2007
Three young camels are getting ready for Christmas ….. They’ve found the star at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo but there’s still no sign of a king!
The youngsters, Georgia, Ginny and Gipsy were born in April to mothers, Jubilee, Clarissa and Sherry and are growing up fast in their paddock at the edge of the Drive-through Asia enclosure.
Whilst keeping one eye on the star, the trio can enjoy a tasty snack – a bundle of fresh hay sprinkled with carrots which proves a great Christmas treat.
Throughout the Christmas holidays children can get involved making presents for the animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo at regular interactive workshops. Youngsters can be a keeper’s little helper and learn what makes a delicious Christmas treat for the chimps.
The zoo is open every day over the festive season except Christmas Day.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has had huge success in the breeding of the domestic variety of Bactrian camels and more than 40 have been born here over the years.
- Bactrian camels, native to the desert in Central Asia, are critically endangered in the wild.
- Wild Bactrian camels are included on the EDGE of Existence programme - an innovative ZSL research and conservation initiative that focuses on the world’s most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered EDGE species. Alarmingly, almost two-thirds of the top 100 EDGE mammal species are currently receiving little or no conservation attention. By highlighting and conserving these species ZSL aims to halt the extinction of many of the world’s most remarkable animals.