Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pictures from the Wilds: Part 3 Bactrian Camels

Moving on with our tour, at the next stop we find the Bactrian Camels (camelus bactrianus), an endangered species from Mongolia. You can tell they are Bactrian camels because they have two humps just like the letter B! Do you know what is inside of those two humps? If you guessed water, sorry, that is incorrect and a common misconception. The two large humps store fat which allows the camel to survive long periods of time without food or water. There are less than a thousand of these animals left in the wild due to habitat loss and hunting. If you visit the Wilds, chances are you'll see these camels up close. They often like to scratch themselves on the tour buses. Stay tuned for the next stop on our tour!