Introducing Harry


Welcome our newest camel to Giddy Up Ranch. Our camel count has increased to five, and with distinct features, this new male stands out among the rest.

Harry is neither the largest or smallest camel in our expanding caravan.  And though he is the hairiest, it isn’t the long mane or bearded chest that makes him unique.  He has two humps, unlike our other single hump members.  He is our first Bactrian, or as I like to say, the first “letter B”.


Bactrian camels originate from central Asia, which explains the difference in appearance.  They are durable, wearing a thick coat to endure the colder climate, while also shedding in the summer months to withstand  extreme heat and drought. So unlike their dromedary counterparts, you’re more likely to find this species in the world’s northern hemispheres.


Harry arrived just in time for our live nativity scenes, and was an instant hit. Along with his beauty, he came with a personality to match. Just ask the folks at Palmdale’s Highland Christian Fellowship, who saw Harry go from a mere nativity piece to the star of the show. Always positioning himself to stare at the lens, he soon appeared in hundreds of Christmas Eve photos that would eventually be shared across social media.  Though our other collection of nativity animals helped spring the birth of Christ to life, it was Harry that provided a long lasting memory for the winding line of churchgoers that were privileged to share his stage.


So, what about that letter “B”?  — A lot of people have a hard time pairing the hump to the camel, but there is a simple way to remember, if you just use the alphabet.  Harry is a Bactrian, which is not only spelled with the letter “B”, but if you lay that capital “B” on it’s side, it appears as two humps.  Dromedary begins with the letter “D”. The capital letter “D” placed on it’s side appears as a single hump.—–Got it?


If you’re a place of worship, you don’t have to wait until December to reserve Harry and others for Christmas pageants and live nativity scenes.  The sooner you book is the better, as all animals are subject to availability.  December dates are reserved quickly, so be sure to secure your place on the calendar today.

Camels are available throughout the year, for theme parties and special events.   We can saddle them for rides or display them for photos, allowing the opportunity for you to “wow” your guests, educate your students, make a grand entrance or add to a film or video.  If it’s “Mr. Personality” you’re looking for, ask for Harry, the newest addition to Giddy Up Ranch, and new memory for your scrapbooks and collage.

Not just another horse with stripes…

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Zebras are in the Equidae family, AKA, the horse family.  Unlike horses, they are covered in stripes!  Beautiful, distinct and unique striped patterns classify this mammal.  Their stripes provide excellent camoflauge and protection in the wild.  No two zebras have the same stripe patterns, just like no two humans have the same set of fingerprints.  Underneath their stripes, their skin is black.  In the wild, zebras live in herds.  Here on the ranch, you will find Marty, our handsome little zebra grazing in the pen with the ponies.  Zebra foals can walk only 20 minutes after being born!  They have a life span of about 25 years.  Zebras can run up to about 35 MPH.  They make noises similar to a donkey’s bray or bark.

Not many people can say they’ve been close enough to a zebra to actually touch it.    Book an exotic zoo and request we bring Marty along.  It will surely be an experience you never forget!

Giddy Up Ranch

Pony Rides, Petting Zoos, Camel Rides, & Exotic Animals

(818) 335-7538

Did you see us on Storage Wars?!

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Over the summer, the crew from A&E’s “Storage Wars” came out and shot an episode here at Giddy Up Ranch featuring Marie as the expert in reference to two very old camel saddles Mary found in a locker.  It was so fun to see all of the behind the scenes work that goes into producing the show!  We took lots of pictures, but couldn’t release any spoiler information regarding the episode.  Now that the episode has aired, we can share some of those pictures.  The crew members were all so professional and nice.  Mary is a character and an animal lover.  Before she left the ranch, she rode our camel, JJ and we gave her a small guided tour.  Be sure to check out the episode, “Lock, Stock and One Smoking Darrell” to see Marie, some of our adorable animals, and get a sneak peek of life here on the ranch.  Thanks Storage Wars!

Giddy Up Ranch has gone to the birds!

Giddy Up Ranch has been home to La la and Star, two beautiful white Cockatoos for quite some time. Recently, we acquired two new birds… a large, magnificent Blue and Gold Macaw and an equally gorgeous, super spunky African Gray Parrot.  Here are some facts about all of their species:

White Cockatoo:  Can live up to 100 years, are very affectionate and love to dance, are known to be escape artists (We have an extra clip on the cage!)

Blue & Gold Macaw:  One of 17 different Macaw species, have an average lifespan of 30-50 years, have a wingspan of around 3 & 1/2 feet, can be incredibly loud and noisy

African Gray Parrot:  Known as one of the most intelligent species of birds, in captivity have a lifespan of 50-70 years, are impressive at mimicking sounds such as their owner’s voice, household appliances, and even other species of birds

All of these amazing birds are wonderfully enjoyable pets and would fit perfectly with a jungle themed birthday party or make a fantastic addition to an exotic zoo.  Call us and request one today!

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Giddy Up Ranch

Petting Zoos, Pony Rides, Camel Rides, Exotic Animals

(818) 335-7538

Whinnying is Everything

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It all started with one pony… and now, Giddy Up Ranch is home to several ponies, horses, pigs, alpacas, a llama, dogs, parrots, camels, a zebra, a yak, goats, sheep, chickens, and more!  Ponies however, will always hold a special place in our hearts.  These gentle creatures look like small horses, with stocky bodies, proportionally shorter legs, large eyes, and thicker manes and tails.  There are over 200 breeds of ponies.  Historically, ponies have been used for riding and freight transport.  They helped to haul loads of coal in underground mines during the Industrial Revolution.  The Shetland pony is one of the better known breeds.  It is one of the smallest, but also one of the strongest!  Pound for pound, ponies are actually stronger than horses.  They can pull more than they can carry.  Ponies have unique personalities, but for the most part, are very intelligent, friendly, and sometimes a bit stubborn.

Planning a little one’s birthday party?  Have us come out and offer hand-led pony rides to your guests.  It will definitely be an experience they never forget.  We also offer pony carousels for larger events.  Please visit our website for more information and for pricing.

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Do you like Truffles?

You probably thought I was referring to the delectable chocolate confection most people associate with the word “Truffles,” but in this case, I’m referring to our super adorable, spunky, and oh so soft baby Alpaca, Truffles!  Alpacas go way back in history, as they were used over 6,000 years ago by the Incas in South America.  Alpaca fur was and is still considered one of the most valuable and durable fibers available.  It is water-resistant, flame-resistant, and hypo-allergenic.  Typically, Alpaca fur is used as a wool for socks, scarves, blankets, etc.  Some people get Alpacas confused with their cousins, llamas.  Llamas are larger than Alpacas, have bigger ears, and do not have eyelashes like Alpacas.  They are both however members of the Camelidae family, which also includes… you guessed it… Camels!  Alpacas are herd animals and are very social.  They are very smart and inquisitive, each with very individualized personalities.  Our little Truffles is similar to a large dog, and loves to follow people around and get into trouble.  If you’d like to meet Truffles, please come visit us at one of our upcoming events, or book a petting zoo and request we bring her along.

Giddy Up Ranch

Petting Zoos, Pony Rides, Camel Rides, & Exotic Animals

(818) 335-7538

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Save a horse… Ride a camel!!!

Happy Hump Day!  What better way to celebrate than to ride a camel?  Have you ever been on a Camel Ride?  Giddy Up Ranch offers traveling Camel Rides in the Southern California region for any occasion… Weddings, birthday parties, retirement parties, etc.  If you’re not currently planning an event, remember to check our website for locations we travel to and offer the opportunity to ride one of these magnificent creatures.  A camel ride is definitely a unique and memorable experience you will never forget!

Here are some fun facts about camels:

There are two types of camels.  Dromedary & Bactrian.  Our three camels are dromedary, which means they only have one hump.  Batrian camels have two humps.  There are also hybrid camels that are a combination of both types of camels.  These camels have one hump along with a small indentation that separates their front from their back.  Camels do not store water in their humps… their humps are actually fatty tissue reservoirs which can be broken down into a water source if necessary.  Camels are perfectly adapted to life in the desert.  Nature has given them several features which make desert life a breeze.  They can chew many thorny desert plants due to a thick leathery lining in their mouths.  Camels have really long eyelashes & ear hairs that keep sand out of their eyes and ears.  Their nostrils can close up to create a barrier against the sand.  Our camels have two toes on each of their four wide feet which help them travel without sinking in the sand.  Camels have a life expectancy of about 40-50 years.  They can stand over 7′ at their hump and can weigh up to 1,600 pounds.  They can travel up to 100 desert miles without drinking any water, but if they are super thirsty, a camel can drink up to 30 gallons of water in under 15 minutes.

Book a Camel Ride for your party today, or come visit us at a location near you to ride one of our camels and study these amazing creatures up close.

Giddy Up Ranch

Pony Rides, Camel Rides, Petting Zoos, Exotic Animals

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