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Australian Feral Camel Management Project



The Australian Feral Camel Management Project aimed to deal 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 involved Aboriginal corporations, natural resources management boards, conservation groups and the pastoral and commercial industries in four regions of Australia covering South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The project humanely reduced 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 used included ground culling for petmeat, mustering for sale (mainly for meat processing) and culling. Exclusion fencing had limited potential due to construction and maintenance costs and aesthetic issues around cultural and tourist sites.

In addition, the project undertook 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


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Related publications

Hart Q, Edwards G (2016)

Outcomes of the Australian Feral Camel Management Project and the future of feral camel management in Australia.

Rangeland Journal; Online Early( 1-6

Hampton JO, Jones B, Perry AL, Miller CJ, Hart Q (2016)

Integrating animal welfare into wild herbivore management: lessons from the Australian Feral Camel Management Project.

Rangeland Journal; Online Early( 1-9

Ninti One Limited (2013)

Managing the impacts of feral camels across remote Australia: final report of the Australian feral camel management project.

Darwin: Ninti One Limited

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. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and community members are featured extensively in the illustrations.

Abstract adapted from Rural Solutions South Australia (SA)

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

Vaarzon-Morel P (2008)

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

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre


Last updated: 3 March 2017
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