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Camel Rides

Climb on up

We’re the only zoo in the Northwest where you can climb on a camel! Feel on top of the world in the comfy saddle of our dromedary camels, and pose for the perfect photo op at the same time.

Now open daily!

Discover the Camels

Open seasonally
(They like it warm.)
Camel rides are now open daily! Rides cost $8 per person ($6 Zoo members), with $7 commemorative photo extra. Age 3+.
NOTE: Rides always weather-dependent.
Find them
in the zoo
Domestic camels are found in the Middle East, and some live wild in dry areas of Australia, though they're not native. To find ours, go downhill from the central plaza and head right.
Plan your day

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Green iguana
Barn owl
Rhinoceros iguana
Nibble and slurp
It's all about quantity.
How much can you drink? A dromedary camel can drink 100 liters (26 gallons) of water in just ten minutes!
Camels eat what they find in the desert: thorny plants, dry grasses. But they don’t eat entire shrubs – just a few bites from each plant.
Baby camels
Get up and walk.
Dromedary camels breed in the rainy season. Females give birth to a single calf after a 12-15-month pregnancy.
Calves can walk by the end of their first day and start eating grass at 2-3 months old, though they nurse for 1-2 years.
Those eyelashes
(Nostrils too)
Camels are adapted for life in the desert. Heavy eyebrows, a double row of eyelashes, closeable nostril slits and even a clear eyelid all work to protect them against sandstorms.
Their humps are made of fat and store nutrients (not water). They can lose over 30 percent of their body weight in water without suffering, where most mammals would die.

Animal Stories

Tapir calf’s first exam

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Our tapir calf is born!

It’s a boy! An endangered Malayan tapir calf was born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Friday night, July 12. He is the first tapir calf born at the zoo in its 114-year history. The calf, looking for all the world like a brown striped-and-spotted watermelon instead of a newborn animal, arrived at 11:47 pm. … Continued

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Dyed-hair polar bear

It’s Thursday, and Blizzard is waiting to get his hair dyed. Standing in the training area behind Arctic Tundra at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the massive polar bear looks expectantly up at staff biologist Cindy Roberts. One of the bear’s keepers, she’s holding a big bucket that smells appetizingly of raw meat, fish and … Continued

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Camels in Asia?
You bet! The Bactrian camel lives in Central Asia, but unlike the dromedary, it has two humps.