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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 weekends and daily April 1-14 for spring break!

Discover the Camels

Open seasonally
(They like it warm.)
Camel rides are open seasonally - come back this spring! Rides cost $8 per person ($6 Zoo members), with $7 commemorative photo extra. Age 3+. NOTE: Rides are 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

"Whooo's" Nearby?

Argentine tegu
Green iguana
Barn owl
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

A Tapir Ultrasound

Zoological Aide Katie Schachtsick holds a long-handled back-scratcher and applies just the right amount of pressure as she rubs it across the black-and-white hide of endangered Malayan tapir Yuna. It’s clear Yuna enjoys the attention – and the back rub – leaning into the scratcher and then moving her stout legs down, getting into a … Continued

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AI for endangered tigers

Cross your paws. And think of tiger cubs! Our endangered female Sumatran tigers, 5-year-old Kali and 4-year-old Kirana, could be pregnant. Both were artificially inseminated Jan. 30 with sperm from 14-year-old Mohan. We won’t know for a few weeks if a pregnancy resulted, but if successful, tiger cubs would be born in May. But it … Continued

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5 Animals that Beat the Cold

We’re all feeling the cold right about now in the Pacific Northwest – and the rest of the country too. But here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, our animals have some pretty cool ways to deal with it. From fur coats to heated hammocks, here are five ways our animals beat the winter cold. … 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.