Bactrian Camel

Camelus bactrianus

A desert dweller, the Bactrian camel can survive without drinking water for months at a time. When it does have the opportunity to drink, it can take in 30 gallons at a time.  Other desert adaptations include long eyelashes and closeable nostrils to protect against blowing sand.

Learn more about the Cincinnati Zoo’s efforts to save the last truly wild camel.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Wildlife Canyon
heightHeight: Up to 7.5 ft
weightWeight: Up to 1,800 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 17 yrs
habitatHabitat: Desert
dietDiet: Grasses, leaves, and shrubs
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically endangered)