Camelids (llamas, vicuñas, alpacas, guanacos and camels) evolved in North America during the Eocene Epoch, over 46 million years ago. They differ from all other mammals in the shape of their red blood cells, which are oval instead of circular. There are six living species in three genera (the Old World Camelus, and the New World Lama and Vicugna). The ancestors of the true camels migrated across the Bering Strait land bridge to Asia some 3-4 million years ago. Camelids also crossed to South America after the formation of the Isthmus of Panama around 3 million years ago. Camels disappeared from North America completely around 10,000 years ago. Today, only two species of camel are generally recognised to survive: Camelus ferus (Bactrian or two-humped camel) and C. dromedarius (dromedary or one-humped camel).
This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species
Richard Reading is the Director of Conservation Biology at the Denver Zoological Foundation
The Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), is an international organisation devoted solely to the protection of the wild Bactrian camel
Jonathan is the Conservation Programmes Director at ZSL and manages the EDGE of Existence Project.
Yuan Lei is working to conserve wild Bactrian camels in China
Adiya is from Mongolia and is working to conserve the wild Bactrian camel
GWild will wear ONLY 12 outfits in 12 months for 12 threatened animals to fundraise for their conservation.
I am the Assistant Programme Manager for South and Central Asia at the Zoological Society of London.
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