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A Baby Bactrian for England

Do you know how I know it’s Spring? Because every other day, I’m seeing news about baby animal births taking place in zoos and aquariums across the world!

Today’s news comes from Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, England, where they are celebrating the birth of a baby Bactrian camel. They’ve already named her Pepper. She was born to mum Gypsy on March 22 but has only now been seen by the public.

Bactrian camels are usually found in parts of Asia, including China and Mongolia. They are classed as critically endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and baby Pepper is part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP).

The international conservation and science charity Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is also working to save wild Bactrian camels from extinction through conservation projects in Mongolia, in partnership with the National University of Mongolia.

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Meet ZooBacca the Baby Camel

The Idaho Falls Zoo had a surprise birth over the holidays: an adorable female Bactrian camel, born on Nov. 16. She’s now about two-and-a-half months old, and is growing splendidly well. In honor of Star Wars, the zoo staff have named her ZooBacca. Adorbs, love it.

The zoo staff were unaware their camel was even pregnant when the baby suddenly started to come. On the day of her birth, a zookeeper noticed the adult female behaving a bit differently.

“I told the keeper that she was displaying calving behavior, but since she and the bull were so young that seemed unlikely. Needless to say, we were all pleasantly surprised a short time later,” interim Zoo Superintendent Linda Beard said.

A veterinarian was notified that same day, and a short while later Beard along with the animal doctor delivered the baby camel.


In the wild, camels are able to reproduce by the age of five, and a Bactrian camel is pregnant for 13 months. Mom, who is named Zazu, came to the Idaho Falls Zoo as a bottle-raised newborn in 2011 and was just 4 ½ at the time of the birth of the calf. Dad, who is called Gobi, is not quite 4 years old right now and came to the zoo at 2 ½ years of age, almost exactly 13 months prior to the birth of the new calf.

“Some may ask how that is possible at such an early age. In captivity, camels can reach sexual maturity earlier as they have access to a plentiful food supply and receive excellent animal care,” explains Beard.


The exhibit will officially open April 9., and zoo staff is also planning to do something for baby ZooBacca on May 4., Star Wars day.


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The Camel Lady

It’s been announced that on May 23, 2014, the movie Tracks will be released in the US (was shown at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.)  This film, based on the 1980 book on the same name, tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a young Australian woman who in 1977 undertook a perilous solo trek across 1,700 miles of Australian outback with four camels and a dog.

The Camel Lady: Robyn Davidson, 1977


I can’t wait to see it. :-)










“It just seemed to me to be like something I wanted and needed to do, I had some instinctive understanding that I needed to do something like that to make an individual of myself, to forge a person out of these rather unprepossessing bits and pieces.”


It took Robyn two years in Alice Springs to prepare for the trip which proved to be an adventure in itself.  Robyn feels she’s not a courageous person, she says she just took very small steps and continued to do so until she found she had completed something.


“It was a scary place…I had to deal with some pretty heavy duty antagonism. I was an urban girl who dressed in sarongs, I was a leftie and I fetched up in this town.”


Dealing with the camels that accompanied Robyn on her journey proved to be “a lot of trial and error and dealing with a lot of mad men. I was up at five every morning, running around with a lot of camels barefooted so my feet would toughen up.”


She eventually got her own camels and the whole thing came together and off she set across the desert.


‘I didn’t plan it as a trip from A to B…the original intention was just to take these animals and disappear into the bush and wander around the desert and come out when I felt I was ready to come out.”


It ended up being a long journey from Central Australia to the West Coast, which took her almost nine months and changed her in two ways:


“You get a perspective on what is normal because you’re away from it…I’ve never lost the sense that we’re all at least half-mad. And also because you’re alone, and because you’re hyper-aware of the environment you’re in, it’s as if the self starts to melt out into the environment. You’re not this unit separated from everything else: you become a part of your environment. Of course that’s a very scary feeling at first, because it’s like disappearing.”


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Snow Camel

We’ve all heard of a snow bunny, but a snow camel?  Thanks to the freak snowstorm in the Middle East, that’s exactly what we have here.

Cairo, Egypt – photo by Koert Debeuf

The snowstorm, named Alexa, started on Wednesday, December 11, and brought significant snowfall to areas of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. Cities such as Cairo, hadn’t see snow in over 112 years!


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