In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to entertain his guests. Now you can come to Mount Vernon and meet Aladdin, our very own Christmas Camel.

Where does Aladdin live?

When he isn't visiting at Mount Vernon, Aladdin resides in Berryville, Virginia.

How old is Aladdin?

Aladdin was born in 2007, so he turned 11 years old in 2018. Most camels live to be 40-50 years old!

What does Aladdin eat?

Camels like to eat green herbage. You can often find Aladdin snacking on the grass in the 12-acre field or on straw hay provided by his handlers.

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A 1787 Camel Visit

Aladdin in the snow (Jecha)

Aladdin in the snow (Jecha)

"By the man who brot. A Camel from Alexa. For a show. . . ."

These limited words found in George Washington's expense ledger are the only surviving mention of a camel's visit to Mount Vernon for Christmas in 1787.

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Care and Feeding of Aladdin

Aladdin and a member of the Mount Vernon livestock team.

Aladdin and a member of the Mount Vernon livestock team.

Aladdin has been Mount Vernon's visiting camel every holiday season since he was eleven months old. Mount Vernon's Livestock Team works closely with Aladdin's owner, Jennifer Cossette of Pony to Go based in Berryville, VA to ensure his health and happiness during his visits.

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Take Aladdin Home With You!

Take Aladdin Home With You!

Purchase a plush Aladdin doll along with the children's book Magnificent Menagerie, which highlights all of the animals at Mount Vernon.

Available online or in the gift shop for a special price this holiday season.

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