Thursday, April 3, 2014

C is for Camels

This post written by one of the boys at Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Therapeutic Boarding School came as quick inspiration in his World History class. As he pulled C out of the hat, he was trying to think of anything--camels came to mind.  His fellow students were quick to say, "What does that have to do with World History?" His response was--trading.  So here we have his well thought-out post on the subject.

C is for Camels
Arabian camels also known as dromedaries have only one hump, the use of humps on camels are a source of energy and water when there is no sustenance available. This is what gives camels their ability to walk one hundred desert miles without food or water. A camel weighs up to sixteen hundred pounds or seven hundred twenty six kilograms and a camel can be over seven feet tall. Camels when very thirsty can drink thirty gallons of water in thirteen minutes. Dromedaries have been domesticated for over thirty five hundred years and are used as pack animals. Nearly all the worlds’ camels have been domesticated. You can find domesticated camels in northern Africa, southwestern Asia and also Australia.

Bactrian camels are less common than dromedaries; Bactrian camels have two humps rather than one. The Bactrian camel and dromedary differ in only a few ways. For example, the Bactrian camel grows a coat of thick hair every winter and then sheds it every spring; this is to deal with the harsh climates of the Gobi desert. Also, Bactrian camels are much less aggressive than dromedaries. Many people believe that if you were to breed a Bactrian camel with a dromedary you would get a three humped camel; this is not true you would get a camel with on very large hump. Also Bactrian camels are much more popular with breeders than dromedaries, therefore they're more expensive. Camels have been widely used by humans in the Middle East, Asia, and Australia for many centuries. They were used in caravans to carry large loads of silk, gems, dyes, cotton cloth, incense, spices, wool, gold, silver, salt, guns, and leather goods.

A dromedary in its natural habitat
Camels also may have helped and hurt American society. In February 2013, Dr. Kinkle and Camel Milk USA did research having to do with maple syrup paste and camel milk. A quote from Dr. Kinkle states, “I have had such positive results with the camel milk in the treatment of ailments over the past four years, but with the combination of the maple syrup paste with camel milk has taken the results even farther”(2014 Projects). Dr. Kinkle has been using camel milk to help treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, GWS (Gulf War Syndrome), and even autism. One of the most known cartoon characters in the U.S.A. according to a 1991 census is Joe Camel. It was debated that the Joe Camel cartoons that were frequently being played might be influencing young teens and even small children to smoke underage. Although this was brought up multiple times, no one was ever able to prove that Joe Camel was negatively influencing kids.

2014 projects for Camel Milk U.S.A., 2014, 3/25/14,

Beck, Roger.  Ancient World History. Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Calfee, John. “Historical Significance of Joe Camel” 3/25/14

“Fast Facts” National Geographic. 3/21/14

Hatch, Cameron “The difference between One-Hump and Two-Hump Camels”, 3/21/14,


  1. Those are interesting thoughts about how the camel is perceived in US. Joe Camel was an icon. On a personal note, here in So California I've seen a number of camels on our motorcycle rides, including a Bactrian! And I did notice the hair! I am assuming they are 'pets' for people as I have not ever seen a pack train around here! lol Thanks so much for the great info. Meghan at

  2. Smart choice! I approve :) Also, camels are fascinating creatures.

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  3. There's so much I didn't know about camels. Camel milk is really interesting. I hope they continue their research. Thanks for such a great post!