European Camel Ranch Owner Association is a non-profit association based in Switzerland. It was founded on October 26th of 2019 in Rumlang Zurich, Switzerland and included 8 member states at the beginning. It’s a part of “ICO” which is the International Camel Organisation based in Saudi-Arabia.
You finde our statute here
Kamel Ben Salem
in Switzerland since 2000 and dual citizen
Camel expert with long term experience in species-appropriate husbandry according to animal
welfare regulations – approved by the Swiss authorities.
Grew up in a nomad family that has been breeding camels over 4 generations.
Participant in various camel races in Tunisia, France, Germany and Switzerland (1989-2008)
Member of the organizing committee of the Festival du Sahara, Douz (2000 – 2005)
Co-organizer of various camel races in Europe (2003 – 2005)
Owner and manager of Ben´s Kamelfarm GmbH (1 st camel farm in Switzerland, founded in 2004) with
currently more than 20 camels.
We do: Breeding, Tourism, camel milk, camel festivals and events with camels.
The Vice President
Born 1971 Germany
Runs the "Kamelfarm Marquard" together with her family with around 70 Camels
and also lamas, alpacas, zebras, donkeys, horses, kangaroos and much more.
Breed camels since 1992
Today they keep, raise and milk the camels.
The Secretary General:
Dr. med. vet. Helen Huber
Born 1983 in Switzerland
Finished her veterinary studies in Zurich Switzerland in 2008.
Accomplished her PhD in Veterinary Medicine in Zurich 2010.
Works as a large animal vet in a farm animal practice since 2014 and as a veterinary consultant for farmers since 2019.
Has been fascinated by camels for many years and likes to travel the world to learn more about different cultures and animals.
2nd General Assembly
26th. of August 2021
21 Members found their way to Switzerland for the second General Assembly. We were very happy a face-to-face meeting in front of the first European Camel Festival was possible.
Among other things it was decided that the next Festival will take place in
the Netherlands 2022
First General Assembly
It was a new experience for most of us.
Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic we had to organize our first General Assembly as an online meeting. With 19 of 29 members we had a good participation quota.
The participants elected the board members (see above) for the time till 2024, international Year of Camels.
We thank our members for participation and hope to see you next time in person.