Animals of the world, Dromedary

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  • The dromedary is a large, even-toed ungulate with one hump on its back.
  • Although wild dromedaries are extinct, the importation of dromedaries to Australia in the 19th century resulted in the establishment of a feral population that continues to live in the country’s interior. The dromedary camel is found in deserts and semi-arid regions
  • The dromedary is the tallest of the three species of camel; adult males stand 1.8–2 m (5.9–6.6 ft) at the shoulder and weigh between 400 and 600 kg (880 and 1,320 lb)
  • Dromedaries in free-ranging herds feed and roam throughout the day, though they rest during the hot hours around noon. The night is mainly spent resting
  • The dromedary (and the Bactrian camel) are known for their ability to produce milk, in comparison to other species of Camelidae. They are raised for transport, milk, and meat, as well as for draught use.
  • Dromedaries have been known to carry a rider 185 km (115 miles) less than 11 hours
  • Dromedary camels can go without water for long periods, but when they do drink, they drink a lot
  • Their feeding behaviour is adapted to living in the desert. The dromedary feeds on foliage and desert vegetation, including salty plants rejected by other grazers
  • The woolly coat that can look shaggy from shedding is generally brown but can range from black to nearly white
  • Racing dromedaries can reach a top speed of 65 km (40 miles) per hour over short distances
  •  The lifespan is about 40 years

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