Presentation on theme: "Camel Project By Alyssa B.. Facts Every year in Saudi Arabia there is a beauty contest to select the Prettiest Arabian Camel. Judges look at the following."— Presentation transcript:
Facts Every year in Saudi Arabia there is a beauty contest to select the Prettiest Arabian Camel. Judges look at the following qualities: health, the beauty of head, eyes, cheek-bones, legs, humps, and affection to the owner. A winning camel could be worth 500,000 United States Dollars.
Facts The camels native to Saudi Arabia have one hump and come in every shade of brown, from cream to almost black. Contrary to popular belief, a camel does not store water in its hump. It is in fact a mound of fatty tissue which the animal draws energy from when food is hard to find. They can close their nostrils as protection against flying sand and their ears are lined with fur to protect their ear canal. Their eyes are shielded by a double row of long curly eyelashes that keep out sand and they have thick bushy eyebrows that shield their eyes from the desert sun.
Facts Camel racing has been a traditional desert sport of Bedouin tribes for many centuries. In the past the race would involve thousands of camels speeding across the open desert. Today the races are held at the Riyadh Stadium on a large circular track.
Facts Every February more than 2,000 Arabian Camels and their young riders compete in 10 races during the Al Janadriyah Cultural Festival. One or two races are held each day for about a week. Gambling is illegal in Saudi Arabia so there are no Betting Booths in the stadium. Between 20,000 and 30,000 spectators usually attend the races.
Facts The camel trails up the Tuwaiq escarpment in Saudi Arabia near Riyadh follow the natural water course and were reinforced with small man-made retaining walls. This camel trail was used to ease the way of camel caravans traveling east- west across the peninsula. The caravan would be carrying not only traders with their goods but also pilgrims headed toward Mecca.
Facts I’m not sure if camels groom each other as some animals do. The one humped dromedary camels are native to Saudi Arabia. Their earthy coloring ranges from a creamy white to all shades of brown to almost black. These camels are perfectly suited to the Arabian desert climate. They don’t actually store water in their humps, as many people believe. In actuality, the hump is made of fatty tissue which can supply the camel with needed energy when food and water is scarce.
Facts Domesticated thousands of years ago by frankincense traders, who trained the gangly cud-chewer to make the long and arduous journey from southern Arabia to the northern regions of the Middle East, the camel went on to become the desert dweller's primary source of transport, shade, milk, meat, wool and hides. Scientists believe that ancestors of the modern camel lived in North America at least 40 million years ago. Although the ancestors of the lamas and camels appear to have diverged sometime in the Eocene epoch, they weren't completely separated from each other until the Pleistocene, when the ancestors of the camels migrated across the Bering Strait (temporary) land bridge to Asia. Lamas migrated to South American, and all camel died out in North America. Once in Asia, camels migrated through eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa In Asia, two groups separated to become the two chief types of camel known today: the one-humped or dromedary and the two-humped, shorter-legged Bactrian camel. It is thought that the dromedary may have evolved from the Bactrian camel. However the hump(s) may have been acquired as a result of domestication. The one-humped camel (Camelus dromedarius ) is found in the Arabian deserts, while the two-humped camel (Camelus bactrianus ) is an Asiatic animal.one-humpeddromedarytwo-humpedBactrian