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Bactrian Camel

Scientific name:  Camelus bactrianus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Asia
Habitat:  Praderas y estepas
Diet:  Herbívoro
Weight:  600 - 1.000 kg
Size:  1,8 m
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Meet the Bactrian Camel!

The Bactrian camel has two humps unlike the dromedary, which has only one. These curious accumulations of fat, which may seem like nothing more than a nuisance, are very useful when the camel does not have enough water and food.

It has a long, thick coat in winter, which it sheds in summer. Unlike the dromedary, it can easily withstand cold climates, as evidenced by its habitat in the mountainous areas of Central Asia. It can also be seen in parts of Mongolia and Iran, where it is highly valued as a domestic animal.

What are its habits?

These exceptionally hardy mammals are able to go five to eight days without drinking (and four without eating).

Females are in heat during the first months of the year, although it takes more than a year before they give birth to a calf, which is born totally helpless and requires continuous care during the first few days.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The Bactrian Camel or Asian Camel is one of the two species of the family that can still be found in the Old World.

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