Mammal Monday – Guess What Day It Is!

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Until recently, the Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus bactrianus) was considered to be a domesticated form of the critically endangered Wild Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus ferus). Taxonomists now describe it as a separate species because the DNA of C. ferus differs significantly from C. bactrianus. Herds of C. ferus in the Gashun Gobi are completely isolated from their domesticated cousins. This lack of an opportunity to hybridize is what makes the Wild Bactrian Camel’s survival in the wild so crucial.

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