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Camels and camelids (including alpacas, vicuñas, guanacos and llamas)

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( This post was last modified: 11-08-2019, 11:11 PM by BorneanTiger )

The national animal of the UAE is the Arabian or white oryx (Oryx leucoryx). Even if the oryx was chosen for the purpose of conservation, this may surprise you, because one animal that comes to mind when talking about the Arabian Peninsula or the Middle East is the camel, particularly the one-humped dromedary or Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius). Given the camel's ability to travel large distances, without having to drink water for at least 3 days even in hot circumstances, it was a preferred beast of burden for Arabs or Middle Easterners for travelling large distances across the harsh deserts of the area, besides the first European immigrants to Australia, who took along with them Asian cameleers to help them explore the continent.

An 1898 drawing of travellers in the Australian Bush being given directions by Aborigines. Credit: Getty

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Nowadays, with modern transport, Arabs, Middle Easterners, Asians and Australians don't need camels (whether single-humped dromedaries or double-humped Bactrians (Camelus bactrianus; as opposed to the wild Camelus ferus)) to travel large distances, but they nevertheless retain their agricultural and cultural significance, besides being useful for tourism, similar to cattle and horses put together: https://gulfnews.com/uae/camels-a-key-pa...e-1.603548

A traditional camel market in Al Ain City in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, located on the UAE's eastern border with Oman, approximately 100 km (62 miles) south of Dubai and 100 km east of Abu Dhabi City, which draws traders from places like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, and customers from both the UAE and neighbouring Oman: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/a...index.htmlhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/ciamabue/7088179711/

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Camel racing in Dubai: https://comingsoon.ae/sports-leisure/cam...ing-dubai/ 

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Camel milk by The Camel Milk Co. Australia: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48935371 

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Memphis Tours, Egypt: https://www.memphistours.com/Egypt/Excur...amids-area 

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What's more, the camel's relationship with humans, whether for friendly or unfriendly, stretches back thousands of years, as evidenced by an archaeological site in the remote western region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which was discovered in 2008. This site is in the paleontological Baynunah Formation, dating to the Upper Miocene, and it was where humans of the Late Stone Age used flint to massacre a group of camels gathered around a lake about 6,000 years ago, when the Arabian Peninsula had more vegetation and fauna than now, somewhat resembling Africa. Considering the great age of the site, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi reckoned that the camel was first domesticated in what is now the UAE: https://tcaabudhabi.ae/DataFolder/report...df#page=27, https://abudhabiculture.ae/en/discover/p...camel-site, https://www.emirates247.com/news/emirate...1-1.647488 

Baynunah camel-kill site; credit: WAM

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Forward from here, considering the importance of the camel to deserts, one might consider an image of camels surrounded by natural greenery, particularly in the Arabian Peninsula, to be unsual, but it's possible in the Dhofari mountainous region of southern Oman:

Dromedaries in the Dhofar Mountains near Salalah; credit: Omar AV

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Wadi Darbat near Salalah; credit: Juozas Šalna

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Credit: A1000

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In Al-Qara Mountains, a subrange of the Dhofar; credit: Patano

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