Camel Steals Show At Travel & Adventure Expo


By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter

Ely the camel was a major draw at last weekend’s Travel & Adventure Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention in Rosemont. Situated at the rear of the convention hall, long lines formed throughout the day waiting to take a ride on the friendly 10-year-old.

According to “Poo Crew” leader and handler Cody Zivung, Ely has been providing attendees with free rides at the travel show in Rosemont for more than 10 years.

“As you can see he loves meeting people and loves the attention,” Zivung told the Journal & Topics.
Zivung said Ely has lived in Franksville, WI, for many years at a privately funded zoo called JO-Don Farms, which has been operating for more than 30 years. The farm, Zivung said, maintains a highly trained staff dedicated to helping and keeping animals safe. The zoo is a member of the Wisconsin Zoo Associates, which focuses on safe and proper treatment of animals.

At the end of Saturday, Jan. 23, Ely was taken home to Wisconsin for the night and returned the next day, Sunday, to meet even more travelers.

Zivung said hundreds of people meet and rode Ely at the show, but he was also given several breaks and time to eat. Many people of all ages came by to pet Ely and some residents gave him a big hug and kiss.

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