Zoo celebrates arrival of two young camels

Submitted Photo These two young camels, Priya and Sisco, recently arrived at Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot.

They’re names are Priya and Sisco and they’re a year old this month. They’re the two young camels who recently arrived at Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot.

The two young camels replace the zoo’s two former camels who died last year.

Red River Zoo in Fargo announced the birth of a female Bactrian camel last spring. At the same time, it was announced the little one would be moving to Roosevelt Park Zoo when she was older.

Minot zoo visitors participated in a naming contest for the young camel and Priya has finally made her trip from Fargo to her Minot home.

The young male camel crossed his first birthday this week. Three Minot zoo team members drove to Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park in Idaho for a Valentine’s Day pick up. Idaho Falls named the young camel Tauntaun after a similar-looking creature in the Star Wars series. He has an older sister named ZooBacca. At Roosevelt Park Zoo, a name was added to his name, now officially “Sisco-Tauntaun,” combining his past and future. Sisco is now named after one of the zoo’s most devoted volunteers, Rex Sisco of Minot, who helped to make the trip to bring the new camel home.

The two camels are getting acquainted in the former camel barn but will eventually move to the North Trail where a new barn is getting the finishing touches.

The barn will be shared with the zoo’s bison.

Moving the camels to the North Trail will be a terrific education element about the differences between the Bactrian camel with two-humps and the Dromedary camel with one-hump, which hails from a desert climate, according to zoo officials. Roosevelt Park Zoo hosts Bactrian camels which are native to the steppes of Central Asia and have adaptations for the cold, drought and high-altitudes. Bactrian camels are critically endangered in the wild.

Raising money for conservaton

Roosevelt Park Zoo will host a Rummage Sale for Conservation Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Community members are invited to donate gently used items. Those donations may be dropped off at the Visitors Center during business hours this week.

Everyone is invited to the rummage sale and bake sale on Saturday. All proceeds raised will be donated to conservation efforts. This year those funds will be dedicated to black-footed ferret conservation and reintroduction in South Dakota.