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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 SA, WA, Qld and NT. 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 is 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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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)