I can’t remember where I took this photo – my head says the sunny island of Fuerteventura, but I can’t be sure. But, I’ll stick with that, because my head says so. Anyways, what has remained imprinted on my mind, wherever I captured this image, was the camels eye. It’s freaky!
- Their eyes have three eyelids and two rows of eyelashes that prevent sand entering their eyes.
Camels are unique-looking creatures that are easily recognised because of their humps. They live in the desert areas of Africa and Asia. There are three surviving species of camel on planet earth. The one-humped dromedary makes up 94% of the world’s camel population, and the two-humped Bactrian camel makes up the remainder. The Wild Bactrian camel is a separate species and is now critically endangered.
Camels are famous for their humps. And, contrary to belief, they don’t store water. The hump stores up to 80 pounds of fat, which a camel can break down into water and energy when sustenance is not available. These humps give camels their legendary ability to travel up to 100 desert miles without water. When they do drink, they take on as much water as possible – around 53 gallons… in around three minutes!
- The average life expectancy of a camel is 40 to 50 years
- A full-grown adult camel stands 7 ft at the hump
- Camels can run at up to 40 mph
- Camels mate in a sitting position
- Pregnancy in camel lasts from 9-14 months