camel in outback australia
Camel IMG 5194 - More than 250,000 wild camels thrive in inland areas of Australia. They are the descendants of camels brought to Australia in the 19th century for use as transport animals, and that played a vital role in the early exploration of the arid interior of the country. The feral camels of today are regarded as pests due to the damage they cause to fences, water supplies, and the environment, but some are rounded up and either shipped to middle eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, or slaughtered for their meat. Like other feral animals that were introduced to Australia for a seemingly good reason, their population has increased to a level that has seen them outlive their welcome.