Australia’s wild camel population is one of the biggest in the world. There is estimated to be over 1 million camels. Feral camels are having significant negative impacts and are expanding into new areas.
Some of the major impacts include:
- Landscape damage including damage to vegetation through foraging and trampling, selective browsing on rare and threatened flora and damage to wetlands through fouling and trampling.
- Damage to grazing lands, water sources, and fences which allows livestock to escape.
- They compete with native animals for food and water, and destroy national parks and anything in their way.