Camels in training

Two young Bactrian camels are being put through their paces by keeper Lesley Lewis.

Lesley, 39, who first worked with camels at the age of 16, said: “Charlie and Jimandi are very big animals, and we need to be able to control them properly.

“They are just two years old and I am training them to respond to hand signals, and rewarding them with a high five and their favourite treat of carrots.   “When they have learned basic commands, we will introduce them to wearing head collars.”   Bactrian camels (Camelus bactrianus) are large, even-toed ungulates native to the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts of Mongolia and Xinjiang with two fat-storing humps.   lesley_camel2_web               lesley_camel2_web   lesley_camel2_web

CAPTIONS: Senior Keeper, Lesley Lewis, trains Charlie with high five rewards.

Trainee keeper Lesley (then Brindley) at DZG camel section in 1989.