The Bactrian Camel

The Bactrian Camel lives in the remote Gobi desert in Mongolia. They live in packs of six to 20 animals led by a mature male. Their surroundings consist of desert, semi-desert, grassy steppes, and mountains or pt 6500 feet. In the summer they reside in dry valleys and on nearby hills, where as in the winter they can usually be found near dried up creek and stream beds, and oases.

Breeding and mating is an important part of any animal or humans life to keep the population striving. The Bactrian Camel mates in the late winter usually during February. During this time the males chase off the younger animals in order to have access to the females. Camels mate while sitting down. However, the females give birth to standing up about a year and two months later. After it's born, a single young can walk almost perfectly within a couple of days. Females nurse their young for five years, which is the time they reach sexual maturity.

Eating is another important part of life to survive. Every animal has their own preferences of what to eat and how to eat it. A camel, like a cow, eats grass; herbs; thin branches; and foliage of shrubs. After they are finished consuming their food, they regurgitate it, then keep chewing on for a while. Their search for food begins in the morning, then they chew their cud for a while, then find more food in the evening. The camel can tolerate 85-105 degrees Fahrenheit while losing very little water through perspiration. A common myth about camels is that their humps are stored with water, although they really are reserves of fat that are converted into water when the camel becomes dehydrated.

Every animal has a couple of interesting facts, and the camel is no exception. It can drink up to 30 percent of its body weight. Also, it can survive 10 times longer than a human and four times as long as a donkey in the desert. The camel doesn't really like wet conditions, but can tolerate variations from -16 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This animal is built as a survivor for the desert. Being able to gulp up to 25 gallons without ill effect of water when they can find it. Their nostrils are able to close during a sand storm, and they have a wooly fleece to combat the cold in the winter and to reduce perspiration. In the summer, their coat protects them from the sun.