Bactrian Camel

Camels are the ships of the desert. Camels were domesticated more than 3,000 years ago and are used to transport goods across deserts and other arid environments. 

Fast Facts

  • Camels move both legs on one side of the body forward at the same time just like horses. This is called pacing.
  • Baby camels, calves, are born with their eyes open and can run when they are a few hours old.
  • Dromedary camels have one hump, while Bactrian camels have two humps.  

Scientific name

Camelus bactrianus
Range  Central & Eastern Asia
Conservation status Endangered
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name Iris
Zoo location Across from Cats

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