Weird Animals to Ride

by canberk | Last Updated: October 25, 2021

If you want to know about some weird animals to ride, we made a list for you.

Zebra

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about animals is usually something like a horse, right? So it follows that riding a zebra is not only doable but also common. 

Correct? Something “seeming sensible” (or the theme of a children’s movie) does not necessarily entail that it is rational. That should serve as a warning to the rest of us.

Despite our best efforts, we couldn’t find any venues to ride zebras online. Because it’s one of the weird animals to ride. However, as a result of my failed quest, we have forwarded this magnificent piece of silliness. In China, a park painted a white pony with black stripes and labeled it a “zebra,” charging visitors to ride it for a photo. 

Ostrich

To some people, riding an ostrich around a corral on its back is the height of absurdity. However, in South Africa, you can arrange to do precisely that. Located in the Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest population of ostriches. It’s a popular tourist destination.

Obviously, the large birds wind up on many local dinner plates, but if you’d rather contact nature while it’s still alive, visit one of the many ostrich farms in the area that provide ostrich rides.

Giraffe 

Technically, it is feasible to teach giraffes to ride, but it should never be attempted since it’s a weird animal to ride.

Wildlife conservationists devote their entire careers to ensuring that the wild creatures they care for live as naturally as possible, even if that means keeping them in a zoo or aquarium.

Riding a giraffe is both dangerous and out of character for most people. In addition, anatomically, giraffes cannot be trained to ride.

If you want to ride something exciting or unusual, your best bet is to buy a cow and train it to do it yourself. They are more readily available, require less upkeep and maintenance, and are already tamed, making life a lot simpler for everyone involved.

Giant Tortoise

Another animal that isn’t instantly associated with the “beast of burden” is the enormous tortoise. Although they move at glacial speed, these huge aquarium creatures can nonetheless provide light amusement for young children.

Even if it’s one of the weird animals to ride at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, an Aldabra Giant Tortoise calls the place home. The conservancy’s mission is to rescue and reintroduce wild creatures to their natural habitat. “Speedy” is the conservancy’s oldest animal and goes by the name “Speedy.”

Llama

In-person, llamas aren’t the bulkiest of creatures, as anyone who has ever seen one would attest to. However, when gazing at something the size of a llama, it seems cruel to imagine an elephant or a horse carrying a human person of average size on its back. That’s why llamas are best suited for either light load work or for tiny children to ride on their backs.

There are llama-packing vacations available in several U.S. National Parks, including Yellowstone, where the llamas carry some of your gear

You can observe the world from a child’s perspective when riding on the back of a llama. If the animals are cooperative, this is an excellent option for families with little children. But, perhaps the most unforgettable moment was witnessing the child’s horror when the llama decided it’d had enough of being his beast of burden and bolted for the mountains.

Camel

Camel riding in Egypt, despite its reputation as a tourist trap, is a popular tourist activity. A camel ride is simple to arrange, and for those looking for something a little more daring, you may even go on multi-day desert treks on the back of a camel.

Camel wranglers may be found almost everywhere near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, waiting to put you on one of their charges so you can have your photo taken with them. But anyone who insists on having this photo in their collection should know that it will cost them a pretty penny. 

Others have waited until the last minute to negotiate the price of riding the camel. After that, the camel guide won’t allow them to get off the camel until they’ve paid a hefty charge to him. 

Others claim that after agreeing to pay before boarding the camel, the guide took them far from their tour bus (and tour guide) and demanded extra money before returning them.

Bear

Large predators like bears eat a lot of meat to stay healthy and satisfied. Do not let the bear determine that you are a tasty food. Keeping a giant bear well-fed is extremely expensive, which is why so many of them end up in shelters or are euthanized because they are simply too expensive to care for, even as a pet who has an easy existence rather than as a war mount who has to put in long hours of effort.

Bears tend to be solitary creatures, in part due to the fact that as you grow larger, feeding many mouths becomes more difficult. A person instead of a wolf can lead wolf packs. This isn’t going to work with bears because there isn’t a bear pack (thank god).

Grass and other vegetation (often something we can’t digest well) are the most common foods for the animals we ride, so there is no competition for food and they won’t try to murder one other.

Conclusion

​​This post wouldn’t be complete without me reminding all of you travelers of how animals are treated around the world as an animal lover. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for firms that offer elephant safaris. 

Some abuse the animals; other organizations donate money to help elephants in need. Of course, you can’t always tell if the individuals handling the horses you’re considering riding have high moral standards, but doing some investigation can frequently clear out the bad apples. And if you’re unsure, resist the urge to give in. 

Nothing on an animal’s back is worth the guilt of knowing that you’ve helped to fuel animal cruelty.

Don’t assume that just because you can ride weird animals, you should. If you see one in the wild, don’t expect you can ride on its back and go on a walk. 

It’s better to promote animal welfare and put your own safety at risk than to support animal cruelty and put yourself in danger because of it.