Joseph – Dromedary Camel

Dromedary camels are most commonly found today in Africa, parts of Asia, and also feral populations in Australia. Dromedary camels have not been wild for more than 2,000 years. Their ability to handle loads weighing almost as much as themselves, as well as being able to handle the extreme weather conditions of these arid countries, earned them the nickname of “ships of the desert”. Camels have wide, square feet that allow them to traverse sand with ease, and not sink in. Contrary to popular belief, their humps are made of fat, not water. This allows them to go long periods without food or water. They are born with callouses on their leg and belly; these help keep sensitive body parts off of the hot substrate, and allow air circulation under their bodies. Camels are still widely used in their native lands as pack and riding animals, as well as a source of meat, milk, and clothing. Their wool sheds naturally and can be spun like sheep’s wool. Most camels are shades of tan, but can be also white, chocolate, or have white patches.

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