Working with the camels in Broome
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Alright, I'm working for Broome's orginal and first camel company: Red Sun Camels. We do tours on the beach with costumers. The farm is 4km from the beach and we do a return twice a day. On the beach we walk about 8km, divided over three tours (morning, afternoon and sunset). Total walking distance on a full is about 24km.
Morning shift starts a 6am and is finished by 10am. The afternoon is from 1pm till 7pm. Long days and hard work, but sooooo much fun! The camels are amazing. A full train is 16 camels, over 50 meters long. Fourteen meters longer than the huge Australian road trains!
Duties of my job includes catching the camels, brushing, sadling up, cleaning the shed, feeding the camels, walk the camels from the farm to the beach and back, talk to the costumers, give instructions, leading the camels on the beach, taking pictures for costumers, unsadle the camels which includes emptying poo bags.
We have 29 camels. 21 are working camels and I know them all. Then we have 7 wild camels, ready to be trained and one bull (who is gonna be castrated soon...). Hardest part was recognizing the camels, because they all look the same in the beginning.
Camels do smell, just like horses. They don't spit, they do kick if you suprise them by accident. But they love to get some love, hugs and attention.
I just love this job!! What can you not like about walking on the beach and see a beautiful sunset every single day. And I don't even need to work when it's raining.