Bactrian camels are often heralded for their efficiency as pack animals. They’re able to carry up to 500 pounds, and can walk up to 30 miles a day. They were believed to have been domesticated 3,500 years ago in either Afghanistan or Turkey. However, due to incomplete and spotty records, it’s difficulty to clarify which culture first domesticated them.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 10.8 L x 4 W x 9.69 H
- Size in in: 4.25 L x 1.57 W x 3.81 H
Domestic Bactrian camels do not have an official conservation status, but wild Bactrian camels are critically endangered. The most recent estimates indicate that there are roughly 950 wild Bactrian camels left. The main threats to this species include hunting, habitat loss and competition with domesticated camels for water and grazing areas. Conservation efforts include captive breeding to maintain the species and the establishment of protected reserves.