Survival and production in the desert camel

R. Yagil, Z. Etzion

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Evolutionary processes have allowed Camelus dromedarius morphological and physiological mechanisms to overcome long periods of drought. Salt, which is plentiful, has become invaluable for this animal's normal mechanisms. Recycling of water and urea enables the camel not only to survive but also to continue producing food in times of drought. Renal and hormonal mechanisms aid in preserving body water and making it available for milk production. Even when drinking water is scarce camels continue producing milk in quantities far greater than other large mammals and with a quality superbly adapted to the requirements of man. The poor reproductive performance of nomadic camels can be improved with better management. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArid lands. Proceeding conference, Tucson, 1985
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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