World Camels’ Day and The Ghan’s Camels

Being part of the Ghans, it gives me immense pleasure having pictures of camels from Australia. The Afghan people introduced camel in Australia, so they call it animal of Ghan. Ghan is also very famous train route crossing the central desert of Australia. The camels were used that time to install the railway and telephone lines. After the automobile revolution, the camels were gradually left in the rangelands because of very little use in the country for work.

Australia Camel gift WCD.
The camel looks like Kohi camel of Suleiman Mountainous region of Pakistan.
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Kohi camel of Suleiman Mountainous region of Pakistan

Once the Australian government decided to decrease the number of camels and started killing this precious animals.. With the concerns of the international camel community (author was part of this struggle), some people and organizations came forward to bring this animal into hobbling and food production systems (meat and milk). My friend Paul has sent me the pictures of his camels brought from the jungle. He is bringing camels from feral, train them and use for milk or gift to friends. Thanks Pol for such a precious gift at the eve of the World Camel Day (22 June).

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Mammoth sized camel of Australia, can be a good source of meat

Thanks Pol and Happy Camel Day to all camel lovers

The Donkey~ Also a Good Riding Animal

The Donkey~ Also a Good Riding Animal

This donkey belong to Shingharri breed from Daman area of Kohe Suleiman. This breed of donkey is unique of its kind. Very well adapted to mountainous ecosystem and carry up to 120 Kg for more than 25 KM. Also a good riding and docile animal.

The Donkey~ Also a Good Riding Animal

This donkey belong to Shingharri breed from Daman area of Kohe Suleiman. This breed of donkey is unique of its kind. Very well adapted to mountainous ecosystem and carry up to 120 Kg for more than 25 KM. Also a good riding and docile animal.

WORLD DONKEY DAY

WORLD DONKEY DAY

World donkey day was celebrated worldwide.

 

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Henderson and the donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WORLD DONKEY DAY

World donkey day was celebrated worldwide.

Body Condition Score (BCS) in Camel~ A tool for assessment of Adaptation

Assessing adaptation of camel to a specific ecosystem by the body condition scoring is a new idea. This idea/theme was introduced by the author during Ph.D. work in the Suleiman mountainous region of Balochistan. A number of 60 camels of the same age, sex (all female), and physiological status and body condition score were selected from each breed (Kohi and Pahwal or Gaddai) for this study (total 180). This study was continued for 135 days. The animals were grazing freely in the same grazing area. The major feedstuffs were trees and bushes, i.e. Acacia, Olivia, caragana spp, haloxyllon etc. No extra feed was offered to the camels of the study.

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Kohi camel with BCS 3
  1. Body condition scores 1. Weakest animal.
  2. Body condition scores 2. Weak animal
  3. Body condition scores 3. Fair animal
  4. Body condition scores 4. Good animal
  5. Body condition scores 5. Excellent animal

The BCS was assessed at the last week of the study period. BCS was done by the excellent breeders of both breeds and the author. The majority of the of Kohi breed remained in the good body condition scoring (3-5) while Pahwal lowered to the weaker BCS (2-3) and lost weight gradually with the period of time in that specific period. It was revealed that Kohi camel is highly adapted to the mountainous ecology of Suleiman mountains.

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Kohi camel with medium (3) BCS

This concept (using BCS to assess the drought tolerance ability of camel) is an initiative and idea of the author which can be polished further and may be used for the selection of highly adapted breeds of rangeland for conservation and further propagation.

This camel (sick) picture is given only to tell the lowest BCS (1)
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Kohi camel with BCS 2

Camel calf care and management

Camel calf care and management

Calf care of Kohi camel by Buzdar camel herders. Ghulamani Buzdar tribe is famous for camel and goat keeping. Some people call Kohi camel as Ghulamani camel too.

Camel calf care and management

Calf care of Kohi camel by Buzdar camel herders. Ghulamani Buzdar tribe is famous for camel and goat keeping. Some people call Kohi camel as Ghulamani camel too.