Australia Entices Travelers to Track Feral Camels

by Matt Ball on May 5, 2011

More than a million feral camels wander the arid inland of Australia, harming the fragile rangeland and waterholes. The Australian Feral Camel Management Project has taken a crowdsourcing approach to help get a handle on this invasive species problem. The group have set up an interactive mapping website called CamelScan and are asking travelers to record sightings so that the camels can be mapped and better managed.

Camels were imported to provide transport between 1840 and 1907. With the advent of rail and motor cars the domesticated animals were no longer in demand. What was once 20,000 controlled camels has now become a pressing problem as more than one million camels have made inland Australia their domain.

This effort has been developed by the the Invasive Animals CRC, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Ninti One Limited, and is part of the FeralScan program that is being rolled out across the country to help with the management of feral animals, with other species to be monitored including rabbits, foxes, myna birds, wild dogs and feral pigs.

 

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