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photo taken about 1986 or so. There are no longer camels in any NZ zoos

Chlidonias, 8 Jun 2010
    • Chlidonias
      photo taken about 1986 or so. There are no longer camels in any NZ zoos. This area is now the wallaby paddock.
    • ZYBen
      Are there still camels in the country?
    • Chlidonias
      nope, the last one in NZ was at Orana Park, and that was quite a few years ago now
    • European Fauna
      No camels in any NZ zoos? I find this amazing.What is the explanation?
    • Chlidonias
    • Kawekaweau
      Out of all the animals absent from NZ, camels are probably the most surprising. We have all sorts of crazy farm creatures like ostriches, emus, buffalo, yak, bison, alpacas, llamas and freaking guanacos, we even used to have nilgai, but somehow camels aren't being farmed. Just seems weird.
    • Chlidonias
      It's not at all surprising, really. Camels simply wouldn't be much use as farm animals in NZ. The other species you list are all farmed for meat or milk or wool. While you can eat camel meat and drink camel milk, there would be no market for it within New Zealand and there wouldn't be the quantity needed for export to anywhere that did use those products.

      I'm not sure why guanacos are considered "freaking", but they are few in number in the country.
    • Kawekaweau
      Also, sorry to bump an old discussion, but I find the fact that camels and rhea needed zoo licenses while American bison, guanacos, ostriches and emus don't to be a bit silly. Camels are the only domesticated species on the zoo license list.
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