Animal of the Month : May 2016
Wild Bactrian Camels are now extremely rare, only occurring in the arid lands of China and Mongolia. The domesticated form, as seen frequently in zoos, has benefited greatly from its association with man, where they have been used for centuries as beasts of burden. The population of both domestic and feral Bactrian Camels is thought to exceed 1 million animals in Asia alone.
Although the domestic form is not identical to its wild cousin, it can still play a vital role in educating our visitors to the plight of its rugged relative, and we actively support the conservation of this species with regular donations to the Wild Camel Protection Foundation.