Come Meet Our Camels

You can’t miss the two big humps on our Bactrian camels’ backs, but spend a little more time with them and you’ll see that they’ve got big personalities to match. Sometimes you’ll even see these shaggy beasts bounce, gallop and kick their legs. But they have a serious side too – fat-storing humps, bushy eyebrows, shaggy coats, long eyelashes and wide, flat feet help them survive some of Mother Nature’s hottest and coldest temperatures.

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Breeding Species on the Brink

The Calgary Zoo cooperates with other accredited zoos across North America in managed breeding programs, called Species Survival Plans, for many species.

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A very thirsty camel can drink 135 litres (30 gallons) of water in only 13 minutes.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Camelus ferus

Weight

450 - 690 kg (990 - 1,518 lb.)

Height

1.8 - 2.1 m (5.9 - 6.8 ft.) at shoulder

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

Habitat

Gobi and Gashun Gobi deserts

Diet

Thorny desert shrubs and grasses


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