Adopt a Camel!

The Adoption Program started in 2012 and contributes everything to the survival of camels and thus also to a Bedouin culture that is under great pressure!

And is therefore the largest project of the foundation.

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The Origin & Why an Adoption Program
At the beginning of 2011, Egypt experienced a revolution which was the beginning of economic instability and a total collapse of tourism, even though everything was and is safe in South Sinai.

Even though tourism is slowly starting to pick up again, economic instability still applies and many Bedouins have also struggled too long to survive.

And when things are bad for humans, then for animals it is many times worse…

Many Bedouins have already been forced to sell their beloved camels to slaughter, resulting in a bedouin culture under even greater pressure and with a shortage of healthy, reliable camels suitable for participating in nomadic desert treks in ecotourism.

This doesn’t apply to the camels & their owners in the Adoption Program! And that’s why the Adoption Program is so important…

For a complete picture about the situation in South Sinai & Dahab: 2011–Present

Cost basic Livelihood of Camels versus multiple Adopters
With the still rising cost of livelihood for Human and Animal in Egypt, the cost of livelihood for a Camel has reached an average of 90 euros per month.

That is why one Camel always has multiple adopters.

If a Camel has been adopted for 75 euros per month, the foundation considers its adoption completed, even though it is always possible to opt for that camel.

If you want to know more about the living costs of Camels  take a look at Food Support

How to Adopt

  • Minimum for 1 year, notice period 3 months, so the Foundation can search new adopters in time, should you stop
  • Minimum adoption amount is € 10.- per month
  • You can transfer your chosen adoption amount per month or for a whole year in one time. The easiest way is to set this on your own internet banking environment. The Foundation does not do debit authorizations.
  • Please inform us by e-mail :
    – which Camel you want to adopt.
    – for how much you’ll adopt him/her.
    – whether you’ll  monthly or for a whole year in one time
    – your name, adress and e-mail so we can thank you and send you updates about your Camel!

Mail to:
Don’t forget to set your amount on your own internet banking environment!
Details adoption payment:
PAYPAL, see our donate button in the footer of this website.
Iban accountnumber:
NL20 RABO 0136 4896 56 – Stichting Dalel – Hoogvliet – The Netherlands
BIC (Swift) Code: RABO NL2U

What’s in it for you?

  • Besides a Happy Camel, you also contribute to a Bedouin culture which is under great pressure!
  • At the start of your adoption you will receive the life story of your Camel plus all existing updates in both Word and Image.
  • Every summer you will also receive an annual update about your Camel in Word and Image. Are you on Facebook? Then you can also follow your Camel on the Facebook page of the Foundation!
  • Do you participate in a DesertJoy trek (again), or are you in Dahab? Then of course I will show you how and where your Camel lives in Dahab!
  • And of course your Camel – depending on which one you have chosen – is also your Camel on trek!

Adopting with multiple people:
The foundation is always looking for adopters.
You also are welcome to search for people: for example adopting a Camel with a group of friends, with your sports club, your family, with a class….

Choose from the following Camels, each one has its own special story...

I choose a Camel in the prime of his life!

Because there is a shortage of healthy, reliable camels!
So his owner has an income from his own, endangered culture and can also pass this on to the younger generation!

dankbare Hindi

Thankful Hindi:

Hindi was rescued from slaughter by the Foundation together with 2 DesertJoy participants in April 2018 and relocated by the Foundation to a mother who always refused to exchange the aging camel of the family, Dahrutsj, for a younger one, so they never had the financial means to buy a younger camel for income.

Hindi’s story is special, especially because Hindi himself initiated his rescue and is now providing an income to the next of kin after a sudden death of his new human family in Dahab … of course you will read all about it when you adopt him!

Hindi is a male in the prime of his life, his birth year is estimated at 2010/2011, he is a calm, reliable camel with a body that responds immediately to good basic food.

Hindi is one of the four bulls that have been neutered in 2020.

misjudged ghayyadh

Misjudged Ghayyadh

Ghayyadh was rescued in 2011 from slaughter and relocated to a widow so she had a source of income.

In 2018, widow Rashda passed away after being sick for 1.5 years, leaving behind 4 school-aged children.

Like Hindi provides an income for the next of kin of late Ibrahim, now Ghayyadh provides an income for the next of kin of the late widow, he is housed together with Camels Hindi and Dahrutsj because the late widow was a sister of the family of Dahrutsj and Hindi and these families live side by side.

Ghayyadh is a male, his year of birth is estimated at 2007. Ghayyadh remains small for his age.

He used to be known as the Kitchen Camel among the participants of DesertJoy because he always carried the pots and pans. He has outgrown that time. As naughty as he used to be, as calm and reliable he is now.

DesertJoy hires Ghayyadh as often as possible to support the children of the late widow.

Ghayyadh is one of the six Camels that have been neutered in 2016.


Blossomed Zar’aan

Zar’aan from Musa was one of the little ones in 2011 and therefore from the beginning in the adoption program. When he was 5 months old, he and his mother got sick, they both got better, but Zar’aan became very thin.

In April 2012 he lost his sister Aweida and in October 2012 he suddenly lost his mother, Shaile, one of the sweetest camels ever.
We then decided to house Zar’aan together with the bulls Tunesie and Asfur for much needed male energy, which helped for his mourning process and development.

Now Zar’aan has become an adult bull in the prime of his life and there are even trek participants riding on him!
As vulnerable as he was as a youngster, he now completely blossomed! He is close friends with Tunesie who protects him and it seems that Zar’aan even becomes a second Tunesie in terms of character: a charmer!

Zar’aan is one of the six camels who were gelded in 2016.

Dalel van Subaih

Naughty Dalèl

Dalèl from Subaih was born in 2015 and is rapidly moving towards an adult bull. His father is Subhan from Joyce. When Dalèl was born, Subaih himself named him with this name.
And so he symbolizes Dalèl after whom the foundation is named.

Dalèl is housed together with his uncle Gheleis, also from Subaih. He is nothing like his father Subhan, but in everything like his mother Marzuka, both in looks and character.
It’s just like him to break out of every fence, different types of materials have already been tried out.

The foundation has given him a good riding training with a good trainer, but nevertheless we still have no idea yet whether he will be suitable for participants or not. That doesn’t mean that he or his owner does not deserve adoption, Dalèl is now suitable for riding by the Bedouin on desert treks, not yet for Subaih himself because Subaih is too heavy for Dalèl, but Dalèl still provides income for Subaih.

Dalèl is one of the four bulls that have been neutered in 2020.


Beautiful Gheleis

Gheleis from Subaih was born in 2012 and since his birth included in the adoption program.
His mother, Wise Mabruka, was rescued by the Foundation in 2009 from a trader and relocated at Subaih. Mabruka was sold by her former owner because she never became pregnant when belonging to him.
She has given Subaih a boy, Gheleis and a girl, Marzuka and she enjoyed a good old age thanks to Subaih and her Adopters.
After the Foundation promised her during her time of death to continue to take care of Gheleis and Marzuka, she died a peaceful, natural death of old age and we gave her a honorable burial on 27-6-2013.

Gheleis is one of the six camels who were castrated in 2016. At Gheleis, however, we only found one testicle, the second one descended into place a week after the vet had returned to Cairo.
Gheleis and his second testicle are therefore on the list for the next round.

Gheleis has grown into a beautiful dark camel, he has had a long riding training and Subaih now rides him during desert treks. His mother can be proud of him!


Powerful Subhan

Subhan from Joyce was born in 2008 after a difficult birth for mother and foal and has grown into a more than special camel bull. For Joyce, he actually takes the place from his spiritual father Dalèl after whom the Foundation is named.
His earthly, biological father is Asfur, who was rescued from slaughter and relocated in 2012 and who initiated the adoption program. Subhan’s mother is Jamila. Jamila has also been saved, not by the Foundation but by Joyce as a person.

From early on, it was clear that Subhan is an alpha male, a Leader. Even though he has never received a proper riding training, Subhan indeed has a strong character and leads his brothers.
He is one of the six camels who were castrated in 2016 and he has retained his leadership.
Now that there is a shortage of healthy camels for eco tourism for a number of years, Subhan – but also his two brothers – has saved many a desert trek due to the amount of load he carries.
Two excellent cameleers, Khaled and Ahmed, selected by Joyce, also have an income from Subhan and his brothers!

Because of this and the fact that Joyce receives no compensation for her work for the Foundation, it has been decided that Subhan also deserves to be chosen for adoption!

Because Subhan belongs to Joyce he has his own page on the DesertJoy website.


Charmer Tunesie

Tunesie, a male, estimated year of birth 2000 is perhaps the most favorite camel among DesertJoy participants. There are even participants who come back especially for Tunesie! His name is Tunesie because his parents are from Tunisia.
Tunesie has been with Musa since 2003, but he was never really from Musa but from Musa’s brother-in-law. Until December 2014. When Musa and Tunesie returned from a desert trek, they heard that his brother-in-law had sold Tunesie because he could no longer pay off his debts.

Of course Tunesie is saved! By Musa, by the Foundation but especially by 2 of his Adopters! Making Tunesie really belonging to Musa!
Because of his heavy rut, which changed Tunesie from charmer to unmanageable, Musa was the first to be open to castration, resulting in the Foundation looking for a good veterinarian to start the Castration Project!

Tunesie is therefore one of the six camels that have been neutered in 2016. He can now be ridden all year round, and is now not only a charmer all year round, but above all much healthier now.
Tunesie is one of those camels that doesn’t know how to mate, so he was never asked by female camel owners, leaving him with no outlet for his hormones during rut.

I choose a retired Camel and give him/her a good old age!

Because retired Camels also fill the gap because with good, healthy old age a retired Camel will even enjoy working (adapted) so that he / she continues to get the much needed exercise in his natural habitat, the Desert!


Comforter & Father Shailèn

Shailèn, from Silmèn and his sons Khaled and Ahmed, is a camel bull with an estimated birth year of 1991.
Silmèn is one of those owners who has always refused to trade in his aging bull.
But Shailèn is therefore very special … Shailèn, even now he is old of age, has a natural predominance in a mixed herd during rut season: all bulls know that he is the Leader and all become calm. If there is any hassle between males, Shailèn takes them apart before a fight starts.

He is also remarkable with humans: he knows how to handle all human emotions by taking it on and disposing it. For example, on those first treks without Dalèl in 2006, Joyce could only ride Shailèn. If someone is not feeling well we put him close by for consolation.
Someone with relationship problems at home experienced that the camel she was riding became more and more in rut, she was transferred to Shailen – who was also in rut – and she experienced a peace and safety, untill this day on she is still his adoptor.
Shailèn also comforts and heals at a distance!

Shailèn is also father of many, he is always asked by owners of female camels. He is the father of Zar’aan of Musa, the father of Bilhèn, Abdèn and Dalèle of Joyce and many more!

Shailèn deserves a good old age at Silmèn!


Mother Jamila

Jamila was rescued by Joyce in 2006 from severe neglect, she was then pregnant by Dalèl, the camel after whom the Foundation was named. Her little one only lived for 4 days. Her estimated year of birth is 1991/1992.

Jamila’s origin is probably from the mainland of Egypt, we still don’t know what she’s been through. For example, 2 of her udders are pinched by humans, so that they no longer produce milk. In Sinai, she was known by former owners as a female camel whose young ones never survived.

Now she is known as a camel that produces the most beautiful foals and who also stay alive even though she has only two of the four udders. When she was strengthened, it soon became clear that she turned out to be one of the best trained camel ever with a great and beautiful body.

In the meantime she has given Joyce four foals, three boys and one girl. If Joyce had kept to the rhythm of the Bedouins, it would have been more than 4 foals.
Now that she is aging and has taken care of offspring with whom the Bedouin also making an income, she deserves to enjoy a worthy old age together with her offspring!

Because Jamila is from Joyce, she has her own page on the website of DesertJoy.


Silent Dahrutsj

Dahrutsj from Radiye and from the late Ibrahim is the oldest camel bull in our midst.
His year of birth is estimated at 1990.
Dahrutsj came to Radiye, the mother of the late Ibrahim, at a young age.

Radiye is one of those owners who has always refused to exchange aging Dahrutsj for a younger one. She also refused to sell Dahrutsj when her son Ibrahim wanted to get married and needed money for his wedding.

In 2018, Ibrahim suddenly died of a cerebral infarction at the age of 38, leaving behind a wife and 2 small children. For his mother Radiye, he was the second child she lost.

Dahrutsj is not only a consolation for Radiye but also for newcomer Hindi who now belongs to Dahrutsj. Hindi was rescued from slaughter in 2018 and placed at Radiye & her family, and is in the prime of his life and became very attached to Dahrutsj in a very short time.

Dahrutsj is one of the strongest and most reliable camel ever. Together with Hindi, he now provides income for the family of the late Ibrahim.
Now that he is retired, Dahrutsj will go free, without saddle, on desert treks or he will only get a lightweight rider.

Both Radiye and Dahrutsj deserve it like no other that Dahrutsj gets a good old age!

Asfur, initiator adoptie programma st dalel

Loyal Asfur

Asfur is a camel bull with an estimated birth year of 1993. Asfur was the initiator of the Adoption Program in 2012. He was then threatened with slaughter because his former owner was afraid of his rut ​​and was then rescued by the Foundation together with a DesertJoy participant who always rode on Asfur, and placed at Musa.

Asfur has blossomed at Musa, even though he now has a heavier rut as Musa doesn’t ration before the rut season starts, partly because Asfur is old of age.

Even though Asfur enjoys a good old age at Musa, he still gives many participants an unforgettable desert experience and if he is too much in rut, Musa rides him. Given his age, Asfur only carries a light load. Asfur is one of the tallest camels and has a dancing pace.

We are very happy that after consultation with the vet Asfur is one of the four camels that have been neutered in 2020.

I choose a young Camel and give him/her a good start!

Because this camel will soon fill the shortage of healthy camels!
Thanks to the foresight of the foundation, not only seven camels were saved, but in 2012 there were five yearlings who now fill the gap!


Playful Dalèle

Dalèle from Joyce was born on 28 December 2018 after a troublesome pregnancy for mother Jamila.
When Joyce in 2017 heard that Silmèn would like a son of his camel bull Shailèn, Joyce decided to let Jamila mate with Shailèn one more time again because Jamila always had given birth to boys. Mating would also solve Jamila being in heat for years. The idea was that if she would give birth to a boy again, this foal would be for Silmèn.
But fate decided otherwise … it became a girl, Dalèle! And what a girl!
Dalèle is a quirky, fearless girl who already gives Jamila and her past a lot of healing.
As hopefully the last foal of Jamila, Dalèle is of course named after her spiritual father Dalèl, in the female form.

She is still a nursing baby, but we hope that she will produce beautiful foals just like her mother and if her first foal becomes a boy, we already know who this foal is for!

Because Dalèle is from Joyce, she has her own page on the DesertJoy website.

shy Mabruk

Shy Mabruk

Mabruk is our newest & youngest addition to the Adoption Program.
He was born on 18-2-2019 and is 1.5 months younger than Dalèle. He couldn’t no longer be sustained by his owner.

Mabruk is the first born of his mother, his mother didn’t have enough milk and because his mother also lost weight quickly during milk production, Mabruk had to be set seperate from his mom early as well.

Mabruk is therefore behind in his development and is still small for his age.
However, because both his father Shailèn and his mother are both reliable and sweet Camels and there are so few good Camels left and we also have to take into account the ages of 3 old retired Camels, the Foundation nevertheless decided in December 2019 to buy Mabruk and replace him with his father Shailèn from Silmèn, Khaled and Ahmed!

Because what Mabruk above all needs are people who believe in him, then he will also gain weight! And he will make up for the shortage of good Camels and thereby contribute to a Bedouin culture which is under pressure!

Mabruk didn’t have a name all that time, but Khaled and Ahmed gave him the name Mabruk which means Blessed / the Blessed. Mabruk has no Adoptants yet…. So we hope his name also helps!