The Camel Journey ~ Updates from Italy (Dr Dioli)

As per our series regarding camel journey from its origin of domestication to the western world. A letter from Dr Mirizio Dioli (Italian Veterinarian) is hereby presented for updates regarding the subject titled above. Dr Dioli is author of a book and a digital pictorial guide. He presented some of his collection at the camel conference in London “The Camel Conference @ SOAS 2013”dioli guide

Abstract; The main purpose of camel keeping is to provide milk.  In a pastoral nomadic environment it is essential for the nomad household survival to maximize milk off-take for human consumption from lactating animals. During the course of millennia camel keepers have developed many different methods to prevent a calf to suckle his mother at will. This paper shows and explains 16 traditional methods used by pastoralists of various ethnic groups in the Horn of Africa and Middle East.

Italian veterinarian (DVM,MSc,DVetMed,MRCVS) who since 1981 has worked and learned about camels with nomadic camel pastoralists in Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Algeria (Western Sahara), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Iran. Recipient (2007) of the Award ”Distinguished Camel Scientist” by the College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Rajasthan University, Bikaner, India. Author of: Dioli, M. (2007). Pictorial Guide to Traditional Management, Husbandry and Diseases of the One-Humped Camel. Photographic CD-ROM. and of Schwartz, H. J., Dioli, M. (1992). The one-humped camel in Eastern Africa. A pictorial guide to diseases, health care and management. Margraf Scientific Book Berlin, 282pp.

Here is the link of his pictorial guide which is very useful for field camel work.

For more details; can contact Dr Dioli directly at

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