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Bactrian Camel

Camelus bactrianus

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Carolina
Carolina 11 years ago
Bactrian Camel
Camelus ferus Bactrian Camel


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Carolina
Carolina 11 years ago

What a great post, thank you. I'm not a fan of hybridization, but this unusual phenomena is really interesting, its like what nature has to do to preserve themselves.
And I was looking for the gobi bear, but there is not much info about them, just that there is only 20 to 50 individuals. But I get to see a photo, they are beautiful.

michaeladamsparks
michaeladamsparks 11 years ago

Huh...interesting. Hybridization often seems to be a big issue with endangered species--even when they aren't that closely related to domesticated species. I know it's a major concern for conserving wild buffalo populations in the U.S. (many of them have interbred with cattle). I also posted something on another Project Noah post about unusual hybridizations happening because of shifts in climate: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/arctic_roam...

If you want to see something REALLY cool and rare that lives in the gobi desert you should check out the gobi bear...

Carolina
Carolina 11 years ago

Thank you for the information! I was just reading about hybridization with domestic camels here: http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/... (justification)

michaeladamsparks
michaeladamsparks 11 years ago

Well the thing about this camel is it's not wild. There are wild camels in Mongolia that are super super rare. The domesticated ones are everywhere--they use them for riding, milking, meat, wool. In any case, thanks for the compliment! The blue stuff in back is a lake where people harvest salt in the spring.

Carolina
Carolina 11 years ago

Wow, I never thought a camel could be listed as Critically Endangered and I can't believe their major threat is sport hunting. However, marvelous picture, really beautiful colors and composition. :)

michaeladamsparks
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michaeladamsparks

Чойбалсан, Дорнод, Mongolia

Spotted on Feb 5, 2011
Submitted on Feb 5, 2011

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