Bactrian Camels

photo documentary of our trip to Mongolia

These camels were a road side attraction perched on this island of sand in the middle of the steppes.  I was glad to have a chance to see these guys up close.  They are such interesting animals.  However I didn't get a chance to ride a camel while in Mongolia.  Maybe another time.  For more info on these incredible two humped camel here is a link to the National Geographic page.
The bactrian camels humps work in the same way to the Arabian camels humps, with the bactrian camels humps used for storing fat which can be converted to water and energy when the bactrian camel is unable to find food and water. The bactrian camels humps give the bactrian camels their legendary ability to endure long periods of travel without water, even in harsh desert conditions. As the fat in the bactrian camels humps gets used up, the bactrian camels humps become floppy and flabby.  From A-Z Animals
Scratching an itch!
The nose prongs are used to control the camel.
The island of sand.
A great movie about the Mongolian herdsmen and the Bactrian Camel is "The Story of the Weeping Camel".
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