Don’t be amazed if you see a camel in Australia!

Australia is the home for the largest population of feral camels!

During the colonisation of the Central and Western parts of Australia in the 19th century, a large number of camels were imported from British India and Afghanistan mainly for the transportation purposes. But with the introduction of the motorised transportation a large number of camels were released to the wild. Since these camels had favourable conditions in the deserts, and with little threat from the predators, the numbers have sky rocketed throughout last few decades.

By year 2008, it was estimated to have around 1 million feral camel population, making it a huge issue. After management programs it is believed that these camel population is now reduced to around 300,000.

So next time you visit Australia, remember about these camels 😀

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