Bactrian Camel


This is a two-humped camel. They are found in the Gobi desert and the grasslands (steppes) of Asia. The temperature extremes of its natural habitat mean that the camel is able to withstand very hot days and freezing cold nights.

These hardy mammals are herbivores, feeding on grass, leaves and grains – preferring dry, prickly, salty and bitter food. They have very strong mouths that can eat thorns! The camel can live up to 30 years, grow to over 7 feet (2 metres) at the hump and weigh more than 1540 pounds (725 kilos).

The two humps on the camel’s back contain fat which the camels use as nutrition when food and water are scarce. A camel can go for a very long time without food and water. When they do drink they only ‘top up’ their existing reserves, but even so this can mean them drinking 32 gallons (120 litres) of water at a time!

Camels live in groups, called caravans, with dominant male and related females. There can be up to 30 individuals within a caravan. Calves are born after 12 – 14 months’ gestation and are independent after one year. Females stay with the group while males migrate away to start their own caravans after five years.

Conservation
Status

Least Concerned

Near Threatened

Vulnerable

Endangered

Critically Endangered

Extinct In The Wild