One of the 65 tours offered at Uluru is a camel ride at sunset/sunrise. Each camel is fitted with a two-seater saddle and large trains of them are haltered together to plod ceremoniously across the desert dunes at each end of the day. Our pleasurable activities are governed by the size of our piggy bank which doesn’t stretch to Lawrence of Arabia jaunts. However, we did take time to visit the location from which the tours departed and were rewarded with a welcome second to none. I’ll leave you to interpret the conversations.
Australia has the world’s largest came herd. We were imported here in the 19th century from Arabia, India and Afghanistan to help to transport supplies and do the heavy work in the outback.
When the combustion engine came along we were no longer needed.
No longer of use to humans who brought us here, several thousand of us were released into the wild
Being uniquely brilliant at surviving the condition of the outback we have thrived and now we are considered a pest. Do I look like a pest? C’mon …
Those of us not still working, roam freely across an area of 3.3 million square kilometres (1.3 million square miles)
We’re well camelflaged (get it?) and wander the states of Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory
Some of us are cared for by tour companies where we still carry the human load.
This introduced species does cause massive ecological damage as they roam freely across the country. There are strategies in place to reduce the numbers and there are sanctioned culling programmes. Some would prefer the animals be rounded up and humanely killed and their meat sold rather than leaving carcasses in the wild to rot.