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The Camels name comes from the Arabic gml meaning “beauty”.

Dromedary or Arabian camels (with one hump) are found primarily in the Sahara Desert in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. However the world’s largest population of feral dromedary camels are in the western outback in Australia.

Between 1840 and 1907 thousand camels were imported into Australia. These camels were used for riding, draft and pack animals and exploration. By performing these tasks camels first brought in the explorers, surveyors and road builders. Then the settlers and industry followed. And finally camels supplied critical goods to new settlements and remote mines.

Their services were essential to opening up the centre of the continent to development. By the 1920s there were an estimated 20,000 domesticated camels in Australia. By 1930s they had done their work and the new railroads and motor transportation system (roads), which they helped build, replaced them.

No longer needed but well suited to Australia’s arid interior deserts these feral camels bred prolifically across areas of the Northwest Territory, Western Australia and South Australia and into parts of Queensland. Today by conservative estimates there are about 500,000 feral camels in central Australia. Some estimates put the population at close to a million.

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In 2005, scientists discovered in Syria a fossil dromedary species twice the size of the modern species.

Wild Bactrian camels still survive in the Gobi desert (between China and Mongolia) but they are endangered, the population being under 1,000. These wild Bactrian camels are not the race from which the domestic form comes. That type is believed to be extinct now in the wild.

Male combats for females can be deadly, due to the sharp teeth and to the mouth with the largest opening amongst all ruminants (the male can grab in the mouth the head or the neck of his adversary). The Jacobson organ from the roof of the mouth is employed by the male (like in many mammals, a behaviour called flehmen) to assess through urine hormones if the female is receptive (ovulating) or not. If the female is receptive, mating occurs on the place. Camels mate lying on the ground! (in decubitus position). Camels and lamas are the only mammals employing this position for mating. Mating lasts 10–20 minutes and is extremely noisy, the male making a call like “duloo”.

The young at birth has 25–50kg (60–120lbs) and it is 1.2m (4ft) tall. The female has 4 tits and produces 15 litres of milk daily (87 % water, 3.5-5 % fats and lactose (milk sugar), 3–4 % proteins. Weaning occurs when the young is one year old (rarely at 3 years old) but people force it at 7–10 months, to use the mother’s milk.

Dromedary embryos (unborn baby) have the bud for the second hump but it remains undeveloped in this species.

Camels lie down to rest and sleep (the best of luck getting them up if they decide they don’t want to).

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Camels are sexually mature at about 4 years old. Females reproduce till 30 years old, delivering one offspring at two years and even more if food is abundant.

Camels can drink up to 152lts (40 gallons) of water in one go. A camel’s hump does not store water. It stores fat, lessening heat-trapping insulation around the rest of the body. One reason they can go long periods without water is the shape of their red blood cells. These are oval so will flow when they are dehydrated rather than clumping as ours do. The camel is the only mammal to have oval red blood cells.

The Dromedary’s temperature ranges from 34° C at night to 41° C during the day. They don’t begin to sweat until they are over 41° C. They inhabit just warm deserts, as they cannot stand temperatures under 0° C, while the Bactrian camel resist to -25° C during the winter.

Camels avoid stony deserts, as the gravel harms their feet.

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Camels lips are split to help them graze.

They can eat anything including thorny twigs without injuring their mouths.

Camels can kick in all four directions with each of their legs.

They can close their nostrils against wind and sand when necessary.

The shape of their nostrils allows them to retain water vapour and return it to the body as fluid.

Camels are ruminants like cows and goats.

They can lose 25% of their body fluids without getting dehydrated. Most mammals can only lose 15%.

A Camel is considered unclean meat in the Bible.

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One of the camel’s defences is ‘spitting’ where they essentially throw up a foul smelling greenish fluid from their stomach all over you especially when angry, frustrated or spooked; a real chemical bomb.

Eating green plants give them the moisture they need without drinking.

Their coat reflects sunlight and insulates it from the desert heat.

Camel feces are so dry they are used for fuel and their urine is as thick as syrup.

The camel is the only animal to replace the wheel (North Africa) when the wheel was already established.

Camels have been used in wars throughout history, especially in the desert regions.

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