Thursday, July 5, 2007
Arabian Camel - Camelus dromedarius
Camels (Camelus) are even-toed ungulates. The Dromedary or Arabian Camel (Camelus dromedarius) has a single hump, and the Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus) has two humps. Camels are native to the dry and desert areas of Asia and Africa. The average life expectancy of a camel is 50 years.
A adult camel stands 6 feet at the shoulder and 7 feet at the hump. The hump rises about 30 inches out of the camel's body. Camels can run up to 40mph in short bursts and sustain speeds of up to 25mph.
Humans first domesticated camels approximately 3,000 years ago. The Dromedary and the Bactrian Camel are both still used for milk, meat, and as beasts of burden.
These camels are on display at the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana.
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