Our young male camels grow up with their mothers as well as the herd. During their childhood, the males slowly learn how to work with humans and eventually offer rides.
Camels grow slowly. We do not introduce them to a rider until at least age four, and even then, it is only for a few minutes at a time and never more than once a week. Camels are intelligent, quick learners, and do not require constant repetition. We do not ask the camels to carry a human until age six. Even then, they give few rides and spend most of the time just "hangin" with the ride crew and getting to know the ropes.
Our camel rides are what we call a county fair style ride. Camels are hand led by a trainer around a large, circular path. The path takes camels and riders behind Pepper Tree Hill and in front of the paddocks where you meet Zohan, our herd bull, and other paddock residents.
Each ride is approximately three to four minutes long. Riders mount the camel by first walking up a short flight of stairs to a platform where they are elevated off of the ground to the approximate height of the camel's back. Camels are not asked to lay down and stand up. They comfortably remain standing.
We do not give camel rides to children under 4 years of age. We do restrict the combined weight of riders (children ride two at a time) to 200 lbs.
Please respect our camel ride weight limit of 200 lbs. Please be sure you are physically fit enough to climb aboard, sit up straight, and pull yourself off of the camel and back onto the platform.
When camels can easily carry 600 lbs., why do we at Oasis Camel Dairy enforce a combined-rider-weight-limit of only 200 lbs.?
It is well documented that camels have been domesticated and bred to carry large loads of up to six hundred pounds for several hours and days. Camel caravans in the Middle East regularly require their camels to carry six hundred pounds, ten hours a day, for days and weeks at a time.
However, unlike camels of the Sinai Desert that "load up" and head out in the morning and maintain a steady walking pace for hours at a time, our camels are asked to stop repeatedly and be reloaded every three to four minutes. We at the Oasis Camel Dairy feel that the nature of doing county fair style rides presents a different experience for our camels.
Ensuring a positive, safe, and comfortable experience for both you and our camels always remains our top priority. We appreciate your understanding, and so do they!