Monday, April 06, 2015

Dromedary camel

"Camel, NSW, 07.07.2007" by Jjron - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3. 
Most people know that this is a camel, and that there is another camel with two humps. This is the dromedary camel, Camelus dromedarius, which is native to the Middle East and the horn of Africa. It has been widely domesticated in dry regions. The other is the two-humped one, C. bactrianus, which is found in Central Asia.
They both belong to the genus Camelus. The family they belong to is Camelidae and this contains four other species all from South America: llama, alpaca, guanaco, and vicuña. The family is part of the same order as the one sheep belong to: Artiodactyla or even-toed ungulates. 
I'm posting this as we've all just come back from Morocco where we drove from Marrakech out over the High Atlas to Skoura, Zagoura and a night camping (or should I say 'glamping') in the Dunes of Chiggaga.
Unfortunately internet connection was virtually non-existent so I had pre-prepared some posts which I managed to publish from Zagora as a 'batch'. 
More unfortunately I got food poisoning yesterday and still feel very poorly! So this will be all for today and I'll catch up with two tomorrow.
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