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Australian feral camel management project

 

Overview

The Australian feral camel management project is dealing with the need to reduce feral camel numbers and the impact this has on the environment, infrastructure (housing, fencing and vehicles), cultural sites and the personal safety of communities in remote Australia.

The project involves Aboriginal corporations, natural resources management boards, conservation groups and the pastoral and commercial industries in four regions of Australia covering SA, WA, Qld and NT.The project humanely reduces the overabundance of feral camels, and therefore the densities of camels in areas of known high concentrations and of high conservation and cultural value. Management methods being used include ground culling for petmeat, mustering for sale (mainly for meat processing) and culling. Exclusion fencing has limited potential due to construction and maintenance costs and aesthetic issues around cultural and tourist sites.

In addition, the project is undertaking a significant monitoring and evaluation program (MERI: monitoring, evaluation, reporting, improvement) to measure and report on improvements to biodiversity outcomes for the land, restoration of vegetation and water resources.

Abstract adapted from Australian feral camel management project

Contacts

Ninti One Limited
PO Box 3971
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 6039
Email: info@feralcamels.com.au

Related publications

Feldmuller M, Gee P, Pitt J, Feuerherdt L, eds. (2012)

Best practice camel book: an illustrated guide to the 2012 Australian Standard, Model Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures relevant to the humane control of feral camels.

Adelaide: Rural Solutions South Australia

This book is an illustrated guide to controlling feral camels in rural and remote Australia.

The principles and practices in this book are based on the following:

The book uses over 150 cartoons, drawings, diagrams, and photographs to illustrate the text and make the content more accessible. It includes an introduction which describes camel handling hazards, camel body condition scoring, and ways to identify both camel bulls in rut and camel cows in late pregnancy. Indigenous Australian workers and community members are featured extensively in the illustrations.

Abstract adapted from Rural Solutions South Australia (SA)

Vaarzon-Morel P (2008)

Key stakeholder perceptions of feral camels: Aboriginal community survey: chapter 5.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Edwards GP, Zeng B, Saalfeld WK, Vaarzon-Morel P, McGregor M, eds. (2008)

Managing the impacts of feral camels in Australia: a new way of doing business.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

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Last updated: 11 September 2013
 
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