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Australia's Huge Camel Population Now Considered Pests
2014-04-23 13:44:36

University of Exeter A new study by a University of Exeter researcher has shed light on how an estimated one million-strong population of wild camels thriving in Australia's remote outback have become reviled as pests and culled on a large scale. Sarah Crowley, of the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus, explored the history of the camel in Australia, from their historic role helping to create the country's infrastructure through to their...

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2011-07-05 05:25:00

Australian plans to kill feral camels that inhabit the wilderness on the grounds that their flatulence adds to global warming has come under attack by the word's association of camel scientists, reports the AFP news agency. Northwest Carbon, a land and animal management consultancy proposed the killing of wild dromedaries in exchange for carbon credits. Australia, which has one of the highest per-capita carbon dioxide levels in the world, is heavily reliant on coal-fired power and mining...

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2011-06-09 10:15:00

Australia is heavily reliant on coal-fired power and mining exports to power itself, making it one of the world's worst per capita polluters. Now the government is looking at ways to reduce its carbon footprint, reports the AFP news agency. One of the wilder ideas is to cull approximately 1.2 million feral camels that inhabit the wilderness areas of the country. One camel produces an average of 1 ton of carbon per year, collectively making them a major source of greenhouse gases Camels were...

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2009-12-04 10:27:14

The cadavers of thousands of camels who have perished from lack of water in the Australia Outback are contaminating important waterholes and consecrated areas. The Central Land Council, which guards and upholds Aboriginal land, announced that the deceased camels were harming water supplies. "Some fall into waterholes and won't be able to get out so they'll rot within the water, others will chase the last remains of any water in these areas and start to compete with each other," the council's...

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2008-12-09 14:25:00

Only months after being told to save the world from climate change by consuming kangaroos, Australians were urged Tuesday to start eating camels to keep them from wreaking environmental havoc. Australia's population of more than a million feral camels "” the largest wild herd on earth "” is out of control and damaging fragile desert ecosystems and water sources, according to a three-year study. In attempt to make its case, the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Center, which...

2005-11-28 01:02:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia has more feral pigs than people and exotic pests cost the economy more than A$700 million a year, damaging farms and the environment, a government report says. The 18-month inquiry found feral pigs, wild dogs, cats and rabbits were the most destructive pests in Australia, causing havoc for farmers, although feral deer, camels, foxes and horses also posed significant problems. "It is time to take control of this pressing problem facing Australian...

2005-11-28 01:00:00

CANBERRA -- Australia has more feral pigs than people and exotic pests cost the economy more than A$700 million a year, damaging farms and the environment, a government report says. The 18-month inquiry found feral pigs, wild dogs, cats and rabbits were the most destructive pests in Australia, causing havoc for farmers, although feral deer, camels, foxes and horses also posed significant problems. "It is time to take control of this pressing problem facing Australian farmers," inquiry...

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2004-12-01 08:06:05

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Parts of Australia's Outback could soon be overrun by wild camels if drastic measures are not taken to cull them, a wildlife scientist said Wednesday. Australia is now home to around 500,000 camels roaming the country's vast tracts of desert, said Glenn Edwards, a senior scientist for the Northern Territory provincial government. Camels were first introduced to Australia in the mid-1800s to transport goods across the desert. When trucks and trains made the beasts...


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Dromedary Camel, Camelus dromedarius
2012-08-24 14:19:35

The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius), also known as the Arabian camel, is a completely domesticated species that appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Domesticated”. It is thought that when wild, its native range was mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. It can now be found in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The only dromedary camels that display wild behaviors are the population of feral camels in Australia, which were introduced in 1840. It prefers a...

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