Bactrian Camel (In Danger)

Noortje By Noortje, 17th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ncy8go8/
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A popular zoo attraction but struggling in the wild. This is just a quick piece on these lovable animals.

Meet the Bactrian Camel

Did you know that there are less than 1000 Bactrian Camels left in the wild?
The number is currently estimated to be around 500-600. This is a startling number, considering how popular these two-humped ungulates are in zoos and circuses across the world, not to mention thousands of Bactrian camel herds which have been bred domestically over the years living in large herds (app 2 million).

The wild Bactrian Camel is currently found only in Northwest China and in Southwest Mongolia (Gobi Desert).In order to survive the harsh conditions of their main habitat the Bactrian Camel features a double set of eyelashes, a hair lined inner ear and closable nostrils to protect against dust and sandstorms. After the harsh winters they can quickly shed their thick shaggy coats to adjust effectively to the changing seasons.

Food and water are not always readily available and the Camel has a great coping mechanism for this as well , being able to last sometimes for months on end without water. They do this by converting the fat stored in their two large humps into water when resources are scarce. It also helps that they can feed on dry and sometimes thorny plants that most herbivores avoid as well as drink salt water when fresh food and water are hard to find.

The Bactrian Camels demise is entirely down to human interference. The main reasons for their endangerment being: Habitat loss due to industrial development, and increasing human population forcing the mixing of wild populations and domestic herds. While they are masters of survival in their harsh habitats the battle against humans and extinction is proving one battle they may not win unless conservation efforts see a huge turn around in the future.

For more information on the conservation of the wonderful Bactrian Camel check out :

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Animal, Animals, Bactrian Camel, Camel, Camels, Captivity, Circus, Conservation, Domestic Breeding, Endangered, Endangered Animals, Endangered Species, Habitat, Habitat Destruction, Human Interference, Ungulates, Wildlife, Zoo

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Sep 2013 (#)

Pretty sad really that we people have put so many species of animals at risk

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Sep 2013 (#)

We humans are to blame for this and other animals endangerment!

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