The Camello Canario is a dromedary, but keeps the name of ‘camel’ which has been traditionally used by the islanders. There are currently some 1,200 animals on the islands.
The first ‘Camelus dromedarius’ were brought over to the Canary Islands from Africa in around 1405, and were essential to the European colonisation of the islands. They adapted well to the local conditions and expanded throughout the archipelago.
They were used to carry people and goods, and also had an important role in agriculture.