The camel: all there is to know?
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CTA. 1986. The camel: all there is to know? . Spore 5. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Camel' R.T. Wilson (1984) Longman Group Limited ISBN 0 582 77512 4 £25
Even the most casual observer will know that from India to the Atlantic Coast the one-humped camel, or dromedary, has long held a position of great economic significance in the lives of the people living in arid and semi-arid regions. It therefore seems quite remarkable that Trevor Wilson's book 'The Camel' should be the only authoritative, interdisciplinary work ever to have been published on the 'ship of the desert'. This excellent book is intended to help anyone who is trying to improve the utilization of dryland resources, but it will be particularly useful to livestock production specialists and to extension workers. The author argues that the camel is worthy of further study and improvement in view of its ability to provide milk, meat, hair and hide in addition to being a means of transport and provider of power. He convincingly argues that it is quite wrong to think of the camel as an animal of the past, without a future The chapter on the camel's physiology, which has only been studied in detail for some 30 years, is particularly fascinating: this is hardly surprising in view of the animal's extraordinary ability to tolerate heat (it manages not to lose water from the blood-stream) and to go without water for up to 10 days (it doesn't store water-it has highly adapted kidneys). Camels can even survive by drinking seawater. Every day the 15 million camels of Africa and Asia collectively provide some 370 tonnes of meat and 20 million litres of milk. The author considers that if attention was now turned to improving the camel's nutrition and management it could become an even more important provider of human food. The Camel' R.T. Wilson (1984) Longman Group Limited ISBN 0 582 77512 4 £25