The Complexities of Camel Care
Camels are extremely challenging animals to care for. Due to their emotional and physical complexities, camels cannot be treated like any other animal.
At Maroma Adventures we have been learning about camel care over many years. In this blog we will share our basic camel care methodology, our feeding and husbandry methods.
Replicating a Camel´s Natural Habitat
Dromedary camels live in the dry desert climates of the Sahara Desert of Northern Africa, the Middle East, Southwestern Asia and in Indian desert areas. Large populations of wild dromedary camels also live in the Australian outback. Maroma Beach in Mexico offers the perfect substitute habitat for camels. Maroma´s lush conditions offer plenty of comparable food sources including natural bushes and herbs for self-medication, This provides our camels with an optimal living environment which in turn, helps to keep our camels stress free and healthy.
Parasites are a big threat for Camels
Camel calves need protection from the cold especially at night. The camel pen at Maroma Adventures is made with thick and strong bushes cut from the surrounding fauna. We sweep the pen at least once a week to avoid the accumulation of ecto-parasites. Ticks contribute significantly to the high camel calf mortality. Therefore our camel keepers thoroughly wash young calves with acaricides e.g. triatix once every two weeks or at even shorter intervals depending on the tick load.
General Diet Rules
Camels are herbivores and love to graze. They eat constantly throughout the day. Like cows, camels are ruminant eaters. This means that they swallow their food first and then regurgitate it later to chew as cud. This is why camels have four stomachs, to help them process food properly. Because their natural habitat is the desert, where food might be scarce. That is why at Maroma Adventures our camels move constantly while eating. This actually helps preserve vegetation so no area is completely degraded by constant eating.
Maroma Adventure camels require 8-10 hours of grazing daily to be content. Our camels receive a high-quality diet that provides all the nutrients they need that consists of shrubs and trees (browsing). They also have plenty of herbs and annual grasses. It is well known by all ethnic groups raising camels worldwide that Old World camels (Camelus dromedarius, Camelus bactrianus) require very large amounts of salt in their diet. Pure rock salt has a beneficial effect on the general well-being and fertility of our camels and particularly their skin condition.
For more information on camel husbandry contact www.maromaadventures.com. We also highly recommend that you order a copy of the Camel Husbandry eBook.