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The Bactrian Camels of Ladakh

From the ancient region of Bactria, there comes a camel defying the imagination of many

15 June, 2022, 08:50 am

Last modified: 15 June, 2022, 08:55 am

We have often heard stories about the Arabian or dromedary camels during our childhood. We are also accustomed to seeing pictures of these animals in books and television. But there are some extraordinary camels out in the wild that we rarely set our eyes upon.  

Name and origin

The Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) lives only in Asia, specifically in the Gobi Desert of northwest China and Mongolia. These camels have two humps rather than one like their Arabian brothers. 

In the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, this species is listed as Critically Endangered. 

The Bactrian camel is found in very small numbers in some of the remotest areas of…

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