SAHARAN NATURE

DROMEDARIES

Scientific classification: Order: Artiodactyla; Family: Camelidae; Genus: Camelus; Species: dromedarius

DESCRIPTION
 
Single hump. Head and body length: 10 feet. Shoulder height: 6 - 7 feet. Weight: 1000 - 1500 pounds. Body is carried on long, slender legs ending in two toes beneath which is a broad, callous and elastic pad. Neck and head are both elongated. Upper lip is deeply cleft. Short tail. Eyes are heavily lashed. Ears are haired.

Nostrils are slit-like. Coloration is fawn or beige. Coat is smooth and shorter than that of the Bactrian camel, but equally woolly.
GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT
The exact range of the Arabian Camel will probably never be known. The species exists only in the domesticated state today in Arabia and has been introduced into other regions of the world

DIET

Able to eat practically anything that grows in the desert, including salty plants rejected by other grazers. When hungry, will eat fish, meat, bones and skin. Diet in captivity includes hay and grains plus vitamin and mineral supplements.

 
LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE

During rutting season, the male protrudes a fleshy fold from his mouth and emits a loud, unpleasant roar. A single calf, rarely two, is born after a gestation period of 13 months. The calf can move freely by the end of the first day. The mother nurses the young for one year. Maturity is at 3-5 years. Life span is 30-40 years. Females may breed every other year. (Source: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/atoz/azcamel.html)

The selection of Spanish Sahara issues, dedicated to dromedaries, covers the 1940th to the 1960th years.

Credits: many thanks to Tracy Barber (USA) for the scans.

 


Created: 08/31/02. Revised: 01/07/06
Copyright 2002 by Victor Manta, Switzerland.
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