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In 1934, members of the Zor Shriners in Madison, Wisconsin, decided to develop something unique as a means of garnering attention in the annual Shriners’ parade. The result was the purchase of three camels and the development of the Zor Camel Patrol, the purpose of which was to care for and train them. The idea to use camels (which are found on the emblem of the Zor Shrine chapter) was suggested by Mrs. Rufu F. Wells.

In 1937, several members traveled to Syria to acquire genuine trappings and equipment to assist in caring for and dressing the camels. They were housed at the Vilas Park Zoo, where free rides are still given to children each Sunday.


Woman’s Idea Brought Zor Camels. (1941 May). The Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved from

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