Baby Camel Naming Contest Results Announced: Ethel the Camel

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Sahara, poses proudly beside her newly named camel calf, Ethel during the Camel Naming Party that took place at the park on Saturday, August 6. Ethel, which means “noble” in Old English, was submitted by Evelyn Brezovsky and chosen via online vote.

Baby Dromedary Camel’s Name Chosen as Part of Social Media Contest

(MANORVILLE, N.Y.) – The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo resident camels, Sandy and Sahara, have been making themselves right at home since their arrival in May. In addition to the two adult female dromedary camels, the zoo also became the proud host to a new female dromedary calf. In honor of this new resident, Long Island Game Farm invited all fans to take part in a naming contest for the baby. The winning name, Ethel, which means “noble” in Old English, was announced at the Camel Naming Party on Saturday, August 6.

The multi-tiered social media contested started with a call for the zoo’s Facebook friends to submit name recommendations direct on a post. After a week, the staff sorted through and selected the top ten favorite (and/or most popular) names, which fans were then asked to vote on. The winning name was submitted by Evelyn Brezovsky, who received a family four-pack of tickets to visit the park, along with tickets to the Camel Encounter, which will give Ms. Brezovsky and her family a chance get up-close and personal with and feed all three camels.

“It was so great to see our beautiful Sahara excitedly introduce Ethel to the Long Island Game Farm family,” says Melinda Novak, Vice President/Co-Owner, Long Island Game Farm. “We hope that our guests had fun coming up with potential names for this baby, and we look forward to having many more guests come to visit her through the remainder of the season.”

On August 11, another new addition was welcomed into the camel family: a baby girl, as yet unnamed. The Long Island Game Farm is currently holding a second camel naming competition for this new calf, with a naming party planned for Saturday, August 27. The two calves, albeit curious and a little shy, certainly enjoy each other’s company.

With the summer season coming to an end, guests are encouraged to continue to visit Ethel, her new cousin and their elders, Sandy and Sahara, at the Camel Encounter at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily. Limited tickets are available at the Gift Shop for $6, which includes food and gives each person the opportunity to pet and hand-feed the animals. Feeding opportunities are subject to the camels’ appetite and tickets will be available at the front gate and the souvenir stand.

Though camels are thought of as being inherently wild animals, they were domesticated thousands of years ago by perfume traders looking for a method of transportation. They eventually went on to become the primary source of transport for people throughout Asia and Africa, much like a horse in Europe and the Americas. For many centuries, they have also been relied on for shade, milk, meat, wool and hides and are still used in many desert locations to pull ploughs, turn waterwheels and transport people and goods along routes inaccessible to motor vehicles.

Camels have a reputation of being ill-tempered, moody creatures that spit and kick, but they are actually very patient and intelligent. With a max height of more than six feet and weight of over 1,500 pounds, these gentle giants can live to be as old as 40. Contrary to popular belief, camels do not store water in their humps, which are actually a mound of fatty tissue from which the animal draws energy when food is difficult to find. They do, however, also require little water if their regular diet contains good, moisture-rich plants and can withstand severe dehydration as their unique metabolism enables them to store the water in their bloodstream. They can also drink as much as 21 gallons in 10 minutes at any given opportunity.

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The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville.  The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island.  Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.