The camel belongs to the Camelidae family; the other ruminants from America ( llama, alpaca, guanaco, and vicuña) belong to this family too. The similitude of the dunes from the deserts with the sea waves and the swinging of the camels made it to be called “the ship of the desert”.
Unlike its relatives from New World, the camel has two humps and a thicker waist (the height at the withers ranges from 225 to 345 cm; its weight is between 300-700 kg).
It is said that camels have an unpredictable behavior, get angry easily and are obstinate, because when something disturbs them, they spit and kick.
In reality, they are amiable, patient and intelligent animals.
The camel can travel long distances without food or water being adapted to desert life. The secret is that the camel can store as reserve a large quantity of food and water. In the hump, it can store food in the form of fat. Thus, the camel can live without food for up to 30 days.
Camels live in harems. Their gestation period is between 360-440 days. The baby camel becomes independent and is able to run in a short period of time. A camel can live 40-50 years.