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Postby excommo » Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:42 pm

Seems I remember while on the island 1956-57 at the U.S. Consulate General that there were camels on farms. It may be I am confused with my assignments at times to the Arab countries. If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

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Re: Camels

Postby Sotos » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:42 am

I believe I saw old pictures in Cyprus with camels ... but today the only place you might find them is at the zoo or at some parks for children e.g http://www.camel-park.com/
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Re: Camels

Postby Get Real! » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:54 am

excommo wrote: If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

Absolutely, you'll find all camels and donkeys working hard at the American Embassy.
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Re: Camels

Postby Paphitis » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:56 am

Get Real! wrote:
excommo wrote: If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

Absolutely, you'll find all camels and donkeys working hard at the American Embassy.


They must get their contractors from Tseri! :lol:

Send them your CV mate! :wink:
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Re: Camels

Postby CBBB » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:05 am

The Old Venetian Camel Trail, passing south of Chryssorogiatissa Monastery, goes into some of the remoter parts of the island. There are three Venetian bridges on the route: Elia, Kelephos and Roudias, further West. The bridges were built to enable pack animals, mainly camels, to cross the river when carrying copper from the Troodos mines to Paphos.

http://www.exclaimtours.com/venetian-ca ... oute/c1lom


I think the camels were still in use until just after independence.
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Re: Camels

Postby Cap » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:43 am

excommo wrote:Seems I remember while on the island 1956-57 at the U.S. Consulate General that there were camels on farms. It may be I am confused with my assignments at times to the Arab countries. If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

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No.

We've had to import Camels (Mazotos Camel Park) to entertain tourists.
Dunno what it is about tourists, they seem to love camels, donkeys, Hookahs and falafel.
Dunno why they just don't go to Egypt or Syria and get the authentic Arab stuff.
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Re: Camels

Postby Paphitis » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:48 am

Cap wrote:
excommo wrote:Seems I remember while on the island 1956-57 at the U.S. Consulate General that there were camels on farms. It may be I am confused with my assignments at times to the Arab countries. If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

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No.

We've had to import Camels (Mazotos Camel Park) to entertain tourists.
Dunno what it is about tourists, they seem to love camels, donkeys, Hookahs and falafel.
Dunno why they just don't go to Egypt or Syria and get the authentic Arab stuff.


There is an abundance of donkeys though! :D
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Re: Camels

Postby Cap » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:56 am

Paphitis wrote:
Cap wrote:
excommo wrote:Seems I remember while on the island 1956-57 at the U.S. Consulate General that there were camels on farms. It may be I am confused with my assignments at times to the Arab countries. If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

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No.

We've had to import Camels (Mazotos Camel Park) to entertain tourists.
Dunno what it is about tourists, they seem to love camels, donkeys, Hookahs and falafel.
Dunno why they just don't go to Egypt or Syria and get the authentic Arab stuff.


There is an abundance of donkeys though! :D


If you mean politicians, absolutely correct.
If you mean the four legged ones, then nope. Only a few hundred remain, almost all in sanctuaries.
Some are specifically relocated to certain tourist areas, once again, to satisfy foreigners insatiable appetite to enjoy what they perceive as a Cypriot holiday.
Can't comment on the occupied side, apparently they still run riot across the countryside.
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Re: Camels

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:01 am

excommo wrote:Seems I remember while on the island 1956-57 at the U.S. Consulate General that there were camels on farms. It may be I am confused with my assignments at times to the Arab countries. If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

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I've never seen working camels in Cyprus but according to my (nonagenarian) mum, there used to be a few of them owned by a Turk back in the 1950s-60s, around Polis. Is this where you saw them? She told me of an incident whereby one came through our kitchen door and startled her so much she had a miscarriage. This suggests they were allowed to roam freely at times, or perhaps it escaped. Anyway, they (camels and Turks) are not native to Cyprus.
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Re: Camels

Postby Paphitis » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:05 am

Cap wrote:
Paphitis wrote:
Cap wrote:
excommo wrote:Seems I remember while on the island 1956-57 at the U.S. Consulate General that there were camels on farms. It may be I am confused with my assignments at times to the Arab countries. If I am right, are there still working camels on the island?

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No.

We've had to import Camels (Mazotos Camel Park) to entertain tourists.
Dunno what it is about tourists, they seem to love camels, donkeys, Hookahs and falafel.
Dunno why they just don't go to Egypt or Syria and get the authentic Arab stuff.


There is an abundance of donkeys though! :D


If you mean politicians, absolutely correct.
If you mean the four legged ones, then nope. Only a few hundred remain, almost all in sanctuaries.
Some are specifically relocated to certain tourist areas, once again, to satisfy foreigners insatiable appetite to enjoy what they perceive as a Cypriot holiday.
Can't comment on the occupied side, apparently they still run riot across the countryside.


I actually like Donkeys! The 4 legged variety.

Great animal.

They were/are a part of the island so their importance is a little more than entertaining a few tourists.
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