Bactrian Camel | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Bactrian Camel

Camelus bactrianus


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Native to Mongolia and China, the stand out feature of the Bactrian Camel is its second hump. As with a single humped Dromedary Camel, the hump stores fat that can be metabolised for energy when neither food or water is available in the harsh desert conditions. These humps give the Camel its legendary ability to roam for days with no direct access to water or food.

Native Range →

China and Mongolia

Natural Habitat  →

Deserts

Diet  →

Omnivorous - mostly herbivore

Life Expectancy  →

In the Wild - Up to 40 years In Captivity - Up to 50 years

Breeding  →

1-2 calves 360-440 days gestation period

Group Name  →

A flock or herd

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Hunting Persecution Habitat loss Increased predation

Fun fact

The majority of times Bactrian Camels move slowly, but, if needed, they can run at speeds of over 40 miles per hour!

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