'Plenty of shade and water': Camel park's bid to keep animals cool in heat

Camels from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Camels from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

From sheltered areas to plenty of water, a family-run farm park is keeping its animals cool and safe as temperatures soar.

Ray Smith, owner of Camel Park Oasis, said staff were suffering more than the animals in the heat, with regular checks on the creatures' water supplies key to keeping them healthy.

He added all the animals at the park have shaded areas to cool off when temperatures rise.

Ray Smith, from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth, giving the donkeys homamade banana and cucumber loll

Ray Smith, from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth, giving the donkeys homemade banana and cucumber lollipops. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Mr Smith said: "Our camels have recently moulted their hair, so they are quite enjoying themselves playing about in the sun.

"For us, it's more the staff who are getting too hot looking after them during the day.

"We have to make sure all of our animals have got water to drink every second of the day, and our animals have sheltered areas to cool off if they want to.

Customers walking llamas at Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Customers walking llamas at Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

"It's a pretty warm few days but we're looking after them all.

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"We'd rather have lovely sunshine than rain. This is the sort of place which is always better when the weather is nice and dry, but not too hot."

The park, near Halesworth, is home to camels, llamas and alpacas, as well as donkeys, wallabies, goats, emus and meerkats, among others.

Homemade cucumber lollipops being given to the donkeys at Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth to keep the

Homemade cucumber lollipops being given to the donkeys at Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth to keep them cool during the heatwave. - Credit: Danielle Booden

This year was the first in three that the park was able to open as planned in the spring, with the coronavirus pandemic keeping visitors out throughout 2020, while last year also saw a delayed opening after another lockdown.

Mr Smith said: "So far this year we have been up on numbers compared to what we expected.

"People don't seem to be disappearing off out of the country and we've had a lot of holidaymakers through the door already this year."

Camel rides taking place at Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Camel rides taking place at Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth - Credit: Danielle Booden

Temperatures in the area reached highs of around 34C on Monday, with similar weather expected on Tuesday, with the Met Office issuing an amber weather warning for the east of Norfolk and Suffolk.

They warned the weather could pose a "danger to life."

One of the goats from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. Picture: Danielle Booden

One of the goats from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

One of the alpacas from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth. Picture: Danielle Booden

One of the alpacas from Camel Park Oasis in Halesworth - Credit: Danielle Booden

A common marmoset at Camel Park Oasis finding some shelter from the sun during the heatwave. Picture

A common marmoset at Camel Park Oasis finding some shelter from the sun during the heatwave. - Credit: Danielle Booden

A tortoise at Camel Park Oasis finding some shelter from the sun during the heatwave. Picture: Danie

A tortoise at Camel Park Oasis finding some shelter from the sun during the heatwave. - Credit: Danielle Booden

A goat enjoying it's shady enclosure at Camel Park Oasis during the heatwave. Picture: Danielle Bood

A goat enjoying it's shady enclosure at Camel Park Oasis during the heatwave. - Credit: Danielle Booden