Bactrian Camel

Our Bactrian Camel, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Bactrian Camel (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Bactrian Camel Facts
Bactrian Camel
Camelus bactrianus

Life Span
40 years
7 ft at the hump
Average Weight
1800 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Bactrian Camel, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Bactrian camels are the only wild camel species remaining. The few wild camels left live in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and China.
  • Bactrian camels have two humps. Fat is stored in the humps to provide them with nourishment during times when food is scarce.
  • Camels can drink 25 gallons of water at a time, however they can go for long periods of time without drinking at all. They also get some moisture from the food they eat.
  • They can tolerate temperature extremes. The rocky deserts they live in can reach temperatures as low as –20°F in the winter. They grow thick shaggy coats in during cold seasons, and then shed it when it becomes warm again.
  • Bactrian camels have a gestation period of 13 months. The calf remains with the mother for up to 5 years.

Did You Know?

Camels have evolved features to better survive their harsh habitat. Long eye lashes and overhanging lips keep sand from blowing into their eyes and mouths. Their wide hooved feet act like snowshoes when they walk over sand.