The Australian Feral Camel
The ancestors of Australian feral camels were dromedary camels imported to provide transport through inland Australia, which their feral descendants have since made their domain. The increasing numbers of camels, and their impact on native vegetation, is of concern, and feral camels have become minor agricultural pests.
Many different types and breeds of camels were brought into Australia, but most were from India. They included the large, fleece-bearing, two-humped Bactrian camel of China and Mongolia, the elite Bishari riding camel of North Africa and Arabia, the pedigreed Bikaneri war camel of Rajasthan in India, and the powerful, freight-carrying lowland Indian camel, capable of moving huge loads of up to 800 kg or 1,764 lb.
The feral dromedary camels found in Australia are a meld of these breeds but can be split into two types: a slender riding form and a heavier pack animal.
Thousands of camels were imported between 1840 and 1907 to open up the arid areas of central and western Australia. They were used for riding, and as draught and pack animals for exploration and construction of rail and telegraph lines; they were also used to supply goods to remote mines and settlements.
Camels in Australia are the only feral herds of their kind in the world and are estimated to number more than 1,000,000 with the capability of doubling in size every nine years.1 The Australian camels are descendants of camels imported into Australia, beginning in the mid-1800s, to help lay the foundations of the nation. Shipments came largely from the Indian subcontinent, but animals were also landed from Muscat, Yemen, Iraq and the Canary Islands.


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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    w0w! super capture sweetheART love it – inst fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • So appreciate your wonderful compliment and also your fave Val, thank you my friend xx

    – Clive

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot- love the funny,soft face- an excellent close up Clive xx

  • Thank you so kindly for your lovely compliment Pauline, ever so appreciated my good friend XOX

    – Clive

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    great image

  • A wonderful compliment Scott, thank you my friend

    – Clive

  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    Awwwww… cute :))

  • Such a lovely compliment Mariola, thank you my friend xx

    – Clive

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreover 4 years ago

    How cute…What a great shot Clive.

  • Thank you so kindly for your wonderful compliment Donna, so appreciated my friend xx

    – Clive

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you Cee xx

    – Clive

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Great capture!!
    Please consider putting this into the new Even-Toed Ungulates group.
    Alpacas, Llamas, Camels, Pigs, Deer, Antelope, Hippos, Giraffes, Sheep, Goats and Cattle

  • Have done so Cee…Thank you so much for your beautiful compliment my friend xx

    – Clive

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    ♥ Fantastic close -up Clive !!! :D ♥

  • So appreciate both your wonderful compliment and also the fave Evita, thank you xx

    – Clive

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Great capture Clive. Hope he wasn’t in a spitting mood!

  • I was very fortunate that day Trish, no spitting…lol…appreciate your great compliment my friend xx

    – Clive

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    What an adorable little bloke. Smoochie, smoochie. Great write-up, Clive. I knew a little of the history but you’ve filled in all the blanks very well.

  • So appreciate your wonderful compliment Gary, thank you, glad I could fill in the blanks

    – Clive

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