The big Camel-Family, Growing!

Monday, 20 June, 2016

The biggest camel-reserve in Europe welcomes Rony, the small “guelfo” (name young camels receive in Fuerteventura) born in June. There were already 28 dromedaries born in our park this year, and more are expected.

Oasis Park Fuerteventura is in luck: the dromedary-herd of our reserve continues to grow. 28 calves have been born this year; 40 are expected. In these days, we are happy because of the good news of the births, the last one of which took place on the 8th of June. Rony is our youngest guest, he was born with quite a good weight and is so vital that he only needed 30 minutes to stand up and walk on its own legs. Now the camel calf enjoys the love and tenderness of its mother. The birth was worth to be remembered, at night, with a sky full of shining stars. It was a completely natural birth; no assistance by veterinarians or other helpers was needed. Rony will help to safeguard the Canarian dromedary race, which has been living in Fuerteventura for more than 400 years. Its ancestors were originally brought from Africa.

 

The bond is health-promoting

A strong bond between the mother camel and its calf is of outstanding importance for the correct growth and development of the young animal. Occasionally mother camels will reject their calves, mostly because of lack of experience. But this occurs rather seldom and was not the case in Rony and his mother; in fact, we expect the calf to drink approximately every half an hour during the whole day. The calf can drink either standing still or while walking. This will strengthen it fast and it can gain up to one kilogram in weight every day. The mother receives a first-class fodder and stays all the time in the nursery corral where all the other mother camels also are. This is an unique experience you should not miss: ask for corral 3 and see the lovely image of the camel mares with their calves!

 

The camel-carers-family

The case of Estrella is rather curious. This camel mare gave birth two months ago, but time passes and mother and calf are ever more united. It is normal that after half a year the young camels drink milk from all the mares which are producing it at this time, but Estrella’s calf stays faithfully with its mother. This is the sort of bond which according to our camel-keepers should exist at least at the first stages. When there is a case of calf-rejecting, Julio Cruz, who is responsible for the camel-reserve, applies an old remedy which he learned from his grandfather in Cuba: the calf is bathed in a salt-solution, so the mother is attracted to it and will lick the salt. While doing this, a strong bond is normally being formed. Sometimes, however, even this will not work, and in these cases there is no other solution than enclosing the mare and its calf in a small corral, avoiding the mother to move in excess so that its calf can drink normally. The task is to strengthen the relation of both animals, achieving its welfare.

 

Births

A deep knowledge of the biology of our camels is of vital importance for the future of the herd. Mating is not allowed without taking into account good genetic qualities and strength of the camel stallions. Once granted this, they will be in contact with a herd of camel mares from October to June, approximately. After 13 months of gestation, births will occur again, a source of joy for our visitors and a reason for satisfaction for our professionals.