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Keywords:wellington, zoo, zoological, gardens, arabian, camel, cairo, captive, captivity, dromedary
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Date modified12-Oct-12 13:02
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'Cairo' the Arabian Camel 3

'Cairo' the Arabian Camel 3

The Dromedary or Arabian Camel (Camelus dromedarius) is a large, even-toed ungulate with one hump on its back. It was domesticated in it's native range on the arabian peininsular about 4000 years ago and today the world's only population of dromedaries exhibiting wild behavior is an introduced feral population in Australia.

Zoos are increasingly recognising their role both in conservation and in education, becoming more naturalistic in environment, focusing more on species preservation and scientific research and less on entertainment. The pressure of vanishing and unprotected habitats worldwide forces the consideration of captive management, as for many species - zoos are likely to be the last stop on the way to extinction.