Beginning this weekend, two camels will call Connecticut\u2019s Beardsley Zoo home through Labor Day. \u201cKids of all ages are welcome to climb aboard these camels for an experience they won\u2019t soon forget,\u201d said Gregg Dancho, zoo director. \u201cWhile we don\u2019t encourage kissing the camels, we\u2019re sure that photos of these guys will be popping up on social media sites (#ctbzoo) all summer long.\u201d The camels, named Toby and Goliath, can be found on the greenhouse lawn and rides will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person, which includes a photo. Visitors will be able to purchase ride tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride. While there are no age restrictions for riders, anyone 5 years old and younger requires an adult rider with them. The zoo also is offering a combo ticket for both a carousel and camel ride for $6. Summer programming for families Toby and Goliath are Dromedary camels, meaning they have one hump. Their summer stay at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport off Route 8\u2019s Exit 5 is part of the zoo\u2019s special programming for families. In recent years, the zoo has offered a free flight bird show, Rainforest Reptiles and, in 2012, large Galapagos tortoises. Fun camel facts Here are fun camel facts, courtesy of Environmental Graffiti: \u2014 Bactrian camels have two humps while Dromedary camels have one hump. (Toby and Goliath are Dromedary camels.) \u2014 The name \u201ccamel\u201d comes from Arabic, meaning \u201cbeauty.\u201d \u2014 A camel\u2019s hump stores fat, and not water as many believe. \u2014 Camels can drink up to 40 gallons at one time. \u2014 Camels can go for long periods of time without drinking because of the shape of their red blood cells, which are oval. They are the only mammals to have this kind of blood cell. \u2014 Camels can kick in all four directions with each leg. \u2014 Camels can eat anything without injuring their mouths, including thorny twigs. \u2014 Camels can close their nostrils against wind and sand when necessary. \u2014 Their coats reflect sunlight and insulate them from the desert heat. \u2014 \u201cSpitting\u201d is a way that camels defend themselves. And they don\u2019t actually spit but rather throw up a nasty smelling fluid when provoked. About Connecticut\u2019s Beardsley Zoo Connecticut\u2019s Beardsley Zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. This includes Amur (Siberian) tigers, Brazilian ocelot, red wolves, and golden lion tamarins. Other highlights at the facility are the South American rainforest and free-flight aviary; prairie dog exhibit with \u201cpop-up\u201d viewing areas; New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters; hoofstock trail with bison, pronghorn and deer; indoor carousel, and outdoor picnic grove. Find out more at www.beardsleyzoo.org.