Last week the Rosemond Gifford Zoo announced that they were having a naming contest for a new penguin chick that was born in February. Well, the penguin chick isn't the only new addition, two Bactrian camels named Patrick and George are going to call the zoo home. County Executive Joanie Mahoney was on site to welcome the brothers who are relatives of a type of camel that's severely endangered in their natural habitat. Both camels have two humps, which is where they store fat to sustain themselves when there's no food in the wild. According to the zoo, the duo is getting used to the zoo's atmosphere and should be out for the public to see this summer.
County Exec Joanie Mahoney stopped by to welcome two new zoo animals, Bactrian camels Patrick & George! These boys are domestic relatives of wild Bactrian camels, which are severely endangered in their native habitat, the Gobi Desert of China & Mongolia. Bactrian camels have 2 humps while their cousins the Dromedaries, who live in the Sahara Desert, have 1 hump. The humps store fat to sustain them in situations where they lack food & water. They will be going on exhibit soon on our Wildlife Trail & are in training to meet the public at animal demos this summer. #bactriancamel #bactrian #camel #camels #camelsofinstagram #syracusezoo #savingspecies #bestdayever