* Threatened or Endangered
Bactrian Camel *
: Camelus bactrianus
: In central Asia, ranging from rocky mountain massifs to flat arid desert, stony plains, and sand dunes.
: Primarily herbivores and will eat a variety of plants.
: Up to 7 feet tall and 2,200 lbs.
: Critically Endangered
• There is a healthy population of domestic Bactrian camels, which is a completely different species than the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel.
• Bactrian camels were domesticated somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago and were used to carry heavy loads across long distances.
• This species is very hardy and can endure very cold weather, drought, and high altitudes.
• Bactrian camels store fat in their two humps, which can later be used for energy.
• They have been known to go months at a time without drinking water but when they do drink, they will drink up to 26 gallons in one sitting.