Bactrian Camel

Bactrian camel Introduction

Bactrian camels have two humps on their backs where they store fat. Their nostrils close to block sand, and their bushy eyebrows and two rows of long eyelashes protect their eyes from blowing sand and ice. Arabian camels, called dromedaries, have only one hump, but both Arabian and Bactrian camels use their stored fat as energy and water when they are far away from food and a freshwater source. Camels move both legs on one side of the body forward at the same time, like giraffes and race horses. This is called pacing. Baby camels are born with their eyes open and can run when they are only a few hours old. The only truly wild camels that still exist are Bactrian camels. These herds survive in the Gobi desert of Mongolia and China, but number less than 400. They are critically endangered in the wild.

Keywords to learn

Lifespan:  The length of time for which a person or animal lives or a thing functions

 


About Me

Hey Kids, my name is Brian the Bactrian camel and I am very happy to meet you. Learn more about me and my species @ www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

 

Key Data

  • Order:
    Carnivora.
  • Lifespan:
    25 years.
  • Class:
    Mammalia.
  • Scientific Name:
    Ursus arctos.
  • Mass:
    700 pounds.
  • Length:
    5 to 8 feet.
  • Region found:
    North America, Asia.
  • Population Status:
    Least concern.
  • Current population trend:
    Decreasing.
  • Diet:
    Omnivorous.
  • Sexual maturity:
    3-7 years.

 

These weird and wonderful camels are not dangerous for the most part, and with males only aggressive during breading season. For the most part people are safe around these fascinating ships of the desert. 

 

Now that you know more about the Bactrian camel by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.

 

Download questions about how the Bactrian camel here:  (answers are on this page)

 

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