12 Aug '12, 10am
World's rarest camel survived nuclear tests but today threatened by hunger for its meat [archive]
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com August 24, 2009 An interview with John Hare of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation Camels are among the most recognizable animals on the planet, yet few realize that wild populations are at a high risk of extinction. Of the world's two camel species, the Dromedary camel, characterized by a single hump, became extinct in the wild 2,000 years ago. The second species, the two-humped Bactrian camel, was on a similar trajectory until very recently, but still less than 1,000 of the world's 1.4 million Bactrians are wild. The abundance of domesticated Bactrian camels relative to wild camels doesn’t address the question of whether it matters if another species of camels goes extinct. John Hare, founder and director of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation , argues that it does. Hare says the world will be a poorer place if wild Bactrian camels are all...