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Large populations of feral camels in Australia

There are approximately 1 to 1.2 million feral camels in Australia, and their numbers are thought to be doubling every 8-9 years. They occupy an area of approximately 3.3 million square kilometres of rangeland that incorporates many different land tenures.
Densities of feral camels vary across the landscape. The modelling of available data indicates that two substantial areas of high density occur - one centred on the Simpson Desert, and the other on the Great Sandy Desert. The high density area covering the eastern part of the Great Sandy Desert has predicted densities in the range of 0.5 to greater than 2 animals / square kilometre. In the Simpson Desert, densities range from 0.5 - 1.0 animals / square kilometre. 
Feral camels will often congregate around water sources, especially when it is dry or when available water is scarse. Rainfall can then lead to a dispersal of camels across the landscape.
As much of their range is in remote areas, away from populated areas or transport routes, finding camels after rainfall can be very difficult.
The damage caused by feral camels has been estimated at over $10 million each year. To read more go to Camel damage - an overview.

Map showing estimated camel densities throughout Australia  in 2008

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