Camel - Profile
|Copyright: Lissa Bruce (Leace)
|Date Taken: 2004-05-16|
|Camera: Kodak DX4530|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-01-28 8:30|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Bactrian Camel - taken at Riverview Park & Zoo located in Peterborough Ontario.|
When I was a teenager, I was fortunate to get a Co-Op placement at this zoo for one semester. The camels were among my favourites, because they were the largest animals there. I also remember them as being gentle, and we only had to worry about being stepped on accidentally.
Some info on these animals:
These camels are thought to have been domesticated prior to 2500 B.C. (The name Bactrian is derived from a place name, Baktria, on the Oxus River in northern Afghanistan. This is pretty strange, since the domesticated form of this camel didn't originate there, nor is it found there currently.)
Despite some major differences in size, all of the camelids are basically similar in structure. Because camelids evolved in a semi-desert environment, they have developed sophisticated physiological adaptations for coping with both heat and dehydration.
All camelids have a complex, 3-compartmented stomach. Although they are not considered ruminants, they do regurgitate and rechew ingested forage. In fact, they are more efficient at feed conversion than are ruminants in extracting protein and energy from poor quality forages.
All of the camelids evolved in North America. Although the ancestors of the lamas and camels appear to have diverged sometime in the Eocene epoch, they weren't completely separated from each other until the Pleistocene, when the ancestors of the camels migrated across the Bering Strait (temporary) land bridge to Asia. Lamas migrated to South American, and all camelids died out in North America. Once in Asia, camels migrated through eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. It is thought that the dromedary may have evolved from the Bactrian camel. However the hump(s) may have been acquired as a result of domestication.
(info taken from http://www.llamaweb.com/Camel/Info.html)
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- [2005-01-28 20:12]
Hi Lissa. Nice shot and note.
Congratulations on your DETAILED notes.
Excellent image too.
I took the liberty of using your post for my "Bactrian Camel" posted on TN.
Hope you don't mind.
Friendly greetings from Canada,