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CAMEL FACT SHEET

NAME

Camelus Dromedarius - Dromedary Camel. 

LIFESPAN

Domestic camels approx. 30-40 years. Wild camels approx. 25 years. 

WEIGHT

Bull camels (males) - between 700-800kgs. Cow camels (females) - 600-700kgs.

HEIGHT

 A fully grown adult camel stands 1.85m / 6 feet at the shoulder and 2.15m / 7 feet at the hump. 

STRENGTH

A working camel can comfortably carry half their own body weight for 6-8 hours a day. A bull camel in Australia was witnessed to lift 885kgs.

SPEED

Normal 'amble speed' for a walking camel is 5kph. Racing camels gallop at approx. 25kph.

FEET

Camels have broad, flat, leathery pads with two toes on each foot. When walking, the camel moves both feet on one side of its body, then both feet on the other. 

HUMP

Contrary to the belief, a camel does not store water in its hump. It is in fact a mound of fatty tissue from which the animals draws energy when food is hard to find. 

WATER

Camels need very little water if their regular diet contains good, moisture-rich pasture. On average they consume 20-30 litres per day in the domestic environment. A severely dehydrated camel can drink 100 litres of water in ten minutes. 

FOOD

Camels of Australia eat 82% of the plants available to them in the wild. Domestically kept camels, like ours, are fed a diet of oaten hay, lucerne and specially formulated pellets. 

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Broome, WA 6725 Australia  |  08 9193 7423 or 1800 18 44 88

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