Friday, February 25, 2011

New Home for Camels at the Zoo!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 17, 2011
Contact: Cathi Decker
Executive Director
(714) 953-8555 x11

Camel Enclosure at the Zoo
built by Eagle Scout Candidate

SANTA ANA, CA – The camels at the Santa Ana Zoo needed a rain and shade structure for their new camel exhibit. Mariah and Lou Lou are Dromedary (one hump) camels who have been at the Zoo since last summer.  The camels are very popular with Zoo guests, but they needed an appropriate shelter for bad weather.  During the rainy months, they can get very dirty and muddy. 

Hayden Hall, Eagle Scout Candidate, took on the project with gusto!  He grew up near the Zoo and has fond memories of his visits.  When asked he said, “there was no doubt where I would do my Eagle Project” when this opportunity came up.  He recruited, coordinated and organized volunteers to design and construct the 12-foot tall, 450-square-foot rain and shade structure that complies with the AZA and USDA requirements.  Hayden was singularly responsible for all of the fundraising to cover the costs of the materials as well.

Hayden Hall is with Boy Scout Troop 36 and completed the project on Feb. 15, 2011 in hopes to qualify for the coveted Eagle Scout status. 

The camels are currently enjoying their new “oasis,” and can be seen during regular Zoo hours.

The Zoo is open daily from 10:00am-4:00pm. Maps and general admission information are available on the Zoo’s website at
If you would like to become a member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x13 or visit our website


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