Published April 1, 2024 | Animal Knowledge, Animals, Environment, Wildlife


Hello Safari Lovers! Have you ever imagined how dry the desert is? Dry, barren, and with few water sources. But, in the midst of the scorching desert, there is one animal that can explore it with bravery: the legendary, iconic “ship of the desert”, the Camel!

More than just a traveler, the camel is a natural wonder. Its sturdy body and ability to survive in harsh environments never cease to amaze us. But, did you know that the secret to a camel’s resilience also lies in what they eat?

Unexpected Desert Menu for Camel


Unlike what we might think, camels are not picky eaters. They are herbivores, which means they eat plants. Their main diet consists of leaves, grass, and fruits that they find in desert oases. Interestingly, camels are not afraid of thorny plants. Their thick, rough lips protect their mouths from the prickles. In addition, the camel’s hard palate and strong teeth allow them to chew these plants efficiently. Not to forget, the camel’s unique digestive system is able to digest coarse food and optimize nutrient absorption.

Cactus? Oh, What a Delicious Meal!

The desert is synonymous with cacti, and yes, cacti are part of the camel’s diet! With their special abilities, camels can even eat thorny cacti. Their rough tongue and palate help them peel off the thorns before swallowing the fleshy, water-rich part of the cactus. Cacti are an important source of water for camels, especially during the dry season. In addition, cacti also contain nutrients and electrolytes that help camels survive in hot and dry environments. Hmm Yummy!

Camel: The Thrifty Forager


Do you know, the camel’s iconic hump is not actually a place to store water, but fat! This fat is the camel’s main source of energy when food is scarce. When food is scarce, the camel will break down the fat in its hump into energy. Amazingly, this hump fat is very efficient. Camels can survive for several weeks without eating by using only this fat reserve.

Camels Eat More Than Just Plants

Although most camels eat plants, there are some species of camels that will occasionally eat insects or carrion. This is done to obtain additional protein that their bodies need. The camel’s diet is a perfect example of how animals adapt to their environment. From thick lips to an efficient digestive system, everything helps camels find food and survive in the harsh desert. So, if you see a camel, remember that they are more than just tough desert explorers. They are also intelligent eaters with incredible adaptability.

Witness the Majestic Camels

Safari Lovers! no need to go all the way to the desert to see camels, because here at Taman Safari Bali, you can see these magnificent camels up close! Witness for yourself the uniqueness of these desert masters and their unusual eating habits. This is an experience you won’t find anywhere else!

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