Bactrian Camel – Карельский зоопарк

Bactrian Camel

Class: Mammals

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Camelidae

Weight: on average around 500 kg

Height: 2 meters or more

Body length: 2.5-3.5 meters

Coloration: Various shades of brown-sandy (can range from more reddish to darker or lighter camels)

Age of sexual maturity: 3-5 years

Gestation period: 13 months

Lifespan: 40-60 years

Habitat range: Primarily found in steppe and semi-desert regions of eastern Central Asia, Mongolia, adjacent territories of Russia (Republic of Tuva), and China.

Diet: Camels feed on twigs, shrubs, dried grass, leaves, thorns, and other plants such as saltbush and cacti.

Did you know?

  • Camel spitting is merely a defensive reaction; it’s how camels deter intruders from their territory.
  • A camel can drink up to 150 liters of water in just 10 minutes.
  • The wild Bactrian camel is listed in the Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Camels are capable of carrying a load weighing up to 400 kilograms.
  • In Old Church Slavonic, the word for “camel” means “one who walks a lot”.