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Bactrian camel

Bactrian camel

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Scientific Name:

Camelus bactrianus


Mongolia, China


Herbivore. Forbs, shrubs, grasses


Habitat: Cold deserts, oases

Weight:  450-500 kg

Dimensions: head to torso 3.5m, height 1.80m

Gestation: 13-14 months, 1 young

Lifespan: ~35 years

Social structure: Groups of 6-20 or up to 30 individuals with one male and several females with their young.

Estimated population in the wild: <1000

IUCN Status: Critically endangered

Threats: Hunting for food or sport. The domesticated subspecies that we host in our Park is not threatened.

Did you know that:

  1. Their humps serve as a store for energy-rich fats, enabling them to go for long periods without food.
  2. Thick fur and underwool provide warmth during the cold desert nights and some daytime insulation against the heat.
  3. They are able to drink up to 135L of water in 13 minutes.

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