Catherine, the camel lady ?

As I said in my previous blog, recently I saw the movie Tracks, about Robyn Davidson and her adventure walking from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. She used 3 adult camels to carry her supplies during this time, all of which she had personally trained from the wild to join her.

People seem to be slightly surprised to find that camels run wild in Australia – in fact there are more wild camels in the outback than anywhere else in the world.

How did that happen ? When Australia was initially being settled it became apparent that camels were the best way of carrying equipment and supplies through the desert – they are tough, resilient and famously do not need vast quantities of water – and many were imported to do this work. Once other forms of transport arrived, eg trains, the camels were no longer needed and released into the wild and thrived. Unlike the infamous ‘rabbits in Australia’ they have remained healthy and haven’t strayed into the more densely populated communities, therefore allowed to roam.

There is a market in capturing, taming and selling camels. During our road trip from Alice to Adelaide we visited a camel farm which has the reputation for caring for these animals carefully and humanely.

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I took a little ride on my ship of the desert, found it a little uncomfortable especially when it broke into a run, but another experience in the rich tapestry of life !

A natural camel lady ? Hmmmm not so sure !

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Yeah, not so sure ! Perhaps he didn’t like the hat 🙂

That’s it for now, speak soon

Live life loud

Catherine

Age Group girl

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