Camels

THE CAMELS, THE STARS

JAC has both types of camel - the one humped Dromedary and the two humped Bactrian.The camelid family came into existence in North America during the Upper Eocene Age, millions of years ago.  They were the size of a hare.  Much later after the species developed they crossed the Bering Straits.  The wild camel found in the Gobi desert is the origin of all domestic camels.  At some point the Dromedary lost the second hump although the Dromedary embryo still has two tiny nodules indicating both humps! 

Camels have been sharing our lives for nearly as long as horses. Dromedaries were probably domesticated in coastal settlements along the southern Arabian peninsula somewhere between 3000 and 2500 BC. Evidence for the domestication of Bactrian camels has been found as early as 2600 BC at Shar-i Sokhta (also known as the Burnt City), Iran.

Bactrian camels are found in the Gobi, Mongolia, Northern China, countries ending in 'stan', Russia and India. Dromedaries are found in Africa, the Middle East, India and Australia. The Afghans brought Dromedaries to Australia in the 1870s to help build the railways.  There is now a large feral population in the outback.

Camels survive well in extreme desert climates where there are very high and very low temperatures.  They can last 10 days without water and when they refill they can drink 25 gallons in 10 minutes.  Despite being called a horse designed by a committee they have evolved very effectively.  Long eyelashes, bushy eyebrows, an extra eyelid, small furry ears and slitty nostrils all help protect them in sandstorms.  

Joseph's Amazing Camels are committed to the highest standards of welfare.  Our camels have a 15 acre field to live in during the day and then they come into their stables at night.  They graze on grass during the day with access to fresh water and at night they have hay and a feed to eat. They are washed and groomed regularly and have just had a check up with the vet who wormed them and gave vitamin boosters.  They are much loved pets who also work.  Camels have been domesticated for longer than horses and have worked in tandem with man in many aspects.  They are very special animals who deserve much respect for their intelligence and lovely natures.  We are privileged to have them and be able to share them with so many people who thoroughly enjoy meeting them

They are born without humps.  The hump is a store of fat which grows as they do and is there as an emergency food store.  Floppy humps are a sign of ill health or incorrect nutrition.  Camels are amazing creatures and here are ours.