05/13/2009, 2:13 PM
Canon EOS D60, 1/125, f/5.6, 220mm (70-300), ISO 100
The local Bedouin offer camel rides from the Treasury back up through the Siq (that's it in the background). Posted at low res to protect privacy, as this was just a random snap from a distance.
The dromedary camel survives only in domesticated form.
Range-- throughout the world; originated in Middle East
Habitat-- mostly domesticated now; farms; wherever herders have taken them; the ones that are still wild inhabit the dry hot regions of north Africa, Ethiopia, Near East and western to central Asia
Niche-- domesticated ones are mostly used for carrying things; feed mostly on vegetation; hunted by wolves
Have a third eyelid!
Camel, single hump, curly hair
The dromedary (pronounced /ˈdrɒmədɛəri/ or /ˈdrɒmədri/) or Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius) is a large, even-toed ungulate with one hump on its back. Its native range is unclear, but it was probably the Arabian Peninsula. The domesticated form occurs widely in North Africa and the Middle East. The world's only population of dromedaries exhibiting wild behaviour is an introduced feral population in Australia.
The dromedary camel is the largest member of the camel family. Other living members of the camel family include the Bactrian camel, as well as the South American species llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco. The dromedary has one hump on its back, in contrast to the two humps on the Bactrian camel.
The 14 million dromedaries alive today are domesticated animals (mostly living in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Maghreb, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent). The Horn region alone has the largest concentration of camels in the world, where the dromedaries constitute an important part of local nomadic life. They provide peripatetic Somali and Ethiopian people with milk, food and transportation.
A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back. The two surviving species of camel are the dromedary, or one-humped camel (C. dromedarius), which inhabits the Middle East and the Horn of Africa; and the bactrian, or two-humped camel (C. bactrianus), which inhabits Central Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk, meat, hair for textiles or goods such as felted pouches, and are...