The mission is to get them all there in good health, as a team
sponsor a camel
Yes they look funny, but they are incredibly decent hard working folk. One of the greatest challenges is getting the camels to Europe as a single team in the best of health. Our furry explorers need some loving attention, they are hardy animals but this is no stroll in the park. In order to cross borders they need a lot of help, each animal needs a passport, vet checks and vaccinations. This all adds up for a team of this size so we are hoping you might be able to help by sponsoring a camel to help them travel this incredible distance.
meet the Boys:
Gobi - A little clumsy at first he seemed to easily bump into his neighbour whilst grazing. This turned out to be just a little territorial over his patch of chosen grass and this extends into his personal sphere. He doesn't mind a little petting but he's not on board with a hug yet.
Over time we hope he'll succumb to a comforting hug and since there's currently enough grass at camel camp, there's no need for sharing lessons as of yet.
Sponsored by: Dani Walthall, California, US
Big Boy brownie (b3)
B3- Initially B3 was quiet and kept to himself. But over a few weeks period, he has become more social and curious. He loves a good hug and if you're on your knees, he'll share a few sniffs, kisses and nudge you to get the right spot behind his ears.
He tends to get anxious during training and all he needs is extra comfort and hugs of reassurance and he's happy to respond to a human's request.
Paul Mark Butcher, Paraburdoo, Australia
Shamrock- We believe he's one of our most sensitive of the group. With no knowledge of the first years of our camels lives other than limited handling, Shamrock has been the most timid and afraid of human hands. He began vocally showing his distress when approached but over time, using a trust-based approach and simply spending time with him, he has felt more at-ease.
Startled by brisk movements, with a bit of human grace and patience, Black now enjoys a good scratch behind the ears and may even ask for more if he feels safe.
Valeri Crenshaw, Kansas, US.
Jojo- A sideways glance and a foxtrot-step away from anyone approaching was his demeanour for the first two weeks. Green isn't very vocal but he speaks sharply with his eyes and if you stare directly at him he just might out-stare you. Although a stare-contest won't win him over, and it may even make him angry if you win, he does appreciate if you sit and watch him graze for hours. He likes company but you must be willing to foxtrot with him.
Jodi Harrison-Lee, California, US
Clyde- Has a slight underbite. It looked a bit intimidating at first showing all his choppers but soon enough we discovered he's a canoodler! Big on hugs and even kisses, he likes to show off in front of the camera. This is your average selfie camel. We just might give him a go-pro and let him to take over our Facebook account.
George Catt, Arizona, US
Harley- Harley has an affinity for a good scratch but so much so that he had used a metal post to scratch his nose, causing it to bleed and irritate him. With a good cleaning thats not easy for both parties, he surprised us all, when in a time of irritation and discomfort, rather than spitting and vocally protesting his emotions, he seeked comfort and a warm touch.
Sue Maxwell, Virginia, US
Dragon- Fiercely independent, Dragon needed a lot of warming-up-to for him to feel comfortable in the new herd. As most camels, he deeply disliked the harnesses and expressed his distaste with cunning manoeuvres that outwitted the most experienced herders. He won our respect quickly and made us up our harness skills in a way that made him feel safe enough to wear it without hesitation today.
Sponsored by: Dani Walthall, California, US
Atlas- He was the first to be ridden and one of the few our our friends who seems to enjoy it. He might have come to us with a bit more human experience as he was immediately friendly and recognised the good old neck scratch. Kids love him too because they're at just the right height he can extend his neck and get a chin scratch.
With his ease of carrying a human, he may be one of the leaders of the pack.
Kaila Louise Frazer, Melbourne, Australia.
Kingston- Upon approach, Kingston turns his head and you think he doesn't want you there. But then take a few steps back and he's looking for you. Step forward, it starts all over. Perhaps a master at flirting, once you get within reach of his jaws and start stroking, he seems to melt into your hands.
But if you don't play his flirting game, he may simply walk away with disinterest. White wants to play for your affection. And we find it totally worth it!
Keith Bushby, Hereford, United Kingdom.
He is highly curious and cheeky. He has a healthy addiction to his feeding time as he likes to bite the container of food and lift it in the air to tell you he's ready for a second helping! And when he's out grazing the grass somehow he finds himself ever so near the food bowls throughout the day. When he's sitting he loves a good brush on the top of his head.
Sponsored by: The community of Bend Oregon US