Managing Feral Camels in Australia

Feral camels (Camelus dromedaius) became established in Australia in the late 1920s and are now widely distributed across the arid and semi-arid parts of Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. In 2001 there was a minimum of 300,000 feral camels in Australia and that the population was increasing at a rate of about 10% per annum (Edwards et al. 2004).

Feral camels already have demonstrable environmental, economic and cultural impacts. While there is a clear need to better quantify the relationship between camel impacts and camel density, the fact that feral camels already occur at densities at which impacts are evident (Dorges and Heucke 2003; Edwards et al. 2004), coupled with the continued unchecked increase in feral camel population size demands the immediate development and implementation of effective management programs for the species.

Author Edwards, G.
Date 2005-02-05
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Pages 16-17
Region Australia - national
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