Bactrian camel

Scientific name: Camelus bactrianus

Bactrian camels have two humps rather than the single hump of their Arabian relatives. These store fat that can be converted into water and energy when needed. As fat is depleted, the humps become floppy and flabby.

Bactrian camels have many special adaptations to survive in the harsh environment in which they live. They have to cope with temperatures that can reach over 38°C in summer, yet drop to -29°C in winter. A thick, shaggy coat protects them in the cold and this falls away as the seasons change and temperatures increase. Bushy eyebrows, a double row of eyelashes, ears lined with hair and the ability to close nostrils tightly protect from wind and sand.

Critically Endangered (Inc. Bar)
  1. At Noah's Ark...

    We have 3 Bactrian Camels... Hetty, Icarus, Tuyu.

  2. We live...

    Opposite the Farm Fields, on the right of the path to the Elephant Enclosure

  1. Size Fact

    They can be over 7 ft (2.1 m) tall at the hump!

  2. Food Fact

    Bactrian camels prefer to eat plants. They can eat thorny plants that are salty, bitter and prickly.

  3. Fun Fact

    They can drink up to 30 gallons of water in 13 minutes!

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