Camel Capital of the World Lies In the Outback

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Saudi Arabia imports its camels from Australia.

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It’s reasonable to think of camels roaming the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, but the only country on Earth with wild camels is Australia.

It was not always this way; camels were introduced to Australia in 1840, and have become an incredibly successful invasive species with over 1,000,000 feral camels wandering the Australian Outback less than 2 centuries after the first mating pair was introduced.

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It seems that camels were a natural fit to the Dr. Suess’ Zoo that is Australian wildlife. An animal that looks like it badly needs a chiropractor is a perfect addition to a world of koalas, kangaroos, seadragons, duck-billed platypus, thorny devils, the flying fox, wombats, emus, and a host of creatures straight out of Monsters Inc.

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The feral camels of Australia are considered a major pest, and the export industry exists as a profitable way of culling their population.