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Family Camelidae

kam el' uh dE, camels

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Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus)
The Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus)
is found in scattered populations in the dry grasslands and deserts of northern China and southern Mongolia, a region where temperatures can climb to over 100 F in the summer and drop to -20 F in the winter. It is estimated that there are fewer than 1,000 left in the wild.
Arabian Camel (Camelus dromedarius)
The Arabian Camel (Camelus dromedarius)
is most easily distinguished from its cousin the Bactrian Camel by having only one prominent hump instead of two (it actually does have two humps, but the front hump is significantly smaller). It is so well adapted for life in the desert that it cannot survive in any other type of climate.
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