Not only food but also the ecosystem management – The camel is a player in the desert

Livestock and the Symbiotic Relationship

Livestock grazing plays a pivotal role in ecosystem revitalization and management. A strong symbiotic relationship exists between all players in the ecosystem and livestock is one of the most important players. Here I’m showing you (video with a youtube link) how the camels give life to the desert’s flora. Camels inject a unique microbiome into the desert’s plants while browsing which gives strength, vigor, and resilience to the flora. Here is the link to a video, please watch it and give your feedback.

The camels browsing on the deserts’ flora early in the morning in UAE.

It is a hazy and dusty morning in the United Arab Emirates. The camels are browsing the sparsely available vegetation of the desert. They are happy and eat the beautiful and nutritious bush of Tribulus, the yellow flowers, and the green twigs. The camel eats the plants and injects super and unique microorganisms into the plants to revitalize their health. The camel converts the intake into manure, giving food to the soil’s microbiome. In return, the microbiome synthesizes simple food for the flora rhizospheres, and the roots reabsorb the simple nutrients from the rhizosphere.

The grazing lands have stronger flora than the restricted area

I have my personal experience, the region which is grazing restricted has very poor and unthrifty shrubs but the open grazing areas have very strong, well-adapted, and healthy flora. For so long, we had no rains but still, you can see the shrubs and bushes smiling happily in this hazy morning because of the soil richness. We have to understand the symbiotic relationship between plants and animals, the microbiome, and soil to give a better future to Mother Earth by giving livestock again its original task of ecosystem management with grazing.

I need a help in understanding the mystery of the broken eggs on the top of the sand dune

Being a desert explorer and dunes’ hiker, I always come to know new and amazing facts, some I understand quickly and the others take time and help from other colleagues to understand. Here is a mystery, I have found broken eggs on the top of the sand dunes many times, not only this year but before as well, mostly in the months of December, January and February.

Preview this post I really need help to understand this mystery. I have not seen big birds like pigeons or other birds but I have seen big black crows over there but only 1 or 2.

An egg shell on the top of the sand dune in the UAE
An egg shell on the top of the sand dune in the UAE


I’m desperately waiting to understand this mystery. I would ask the avian ecologist to help me in understanding this hidden phenomenon. I want to know why and what type of birds lay egg on the top of the dunes.

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Please help – Taxonomic identification of the desert’s shrub

Desert exploration is my passion and hobby

I’m an extensive livestock expert by training (rangelands/desert ecology and forages with main focus on camels, especially dairying) and desert explorer by passion (ethnoecology, ethnobotany, traditional herbal knowledge, biodiversity, and climate change). I’m working in the beautiful country of the United Arab Emirates, which is enriched with the diversity of beauty, from the Oasis to the desert and skyscrapers to the beautiful beaches. I love this beautiful country as I have many opportunities to learn and explore the desert.

Calitropis Shrub in the desert in Alain
Calitropis Shrub in the desert in Alain , Abudhabi

I love to know the desert ecology and the ethnoecology of the region, search and identify the flora (food for livestock and other traditional purposes), document the available flora as fact sheets, collaborate with the research institutes to further investigate scientific facts as a hobby and passion. In my free time, I go to the desert, mostly walk barefoot and understand the facts about the penology, ecosystems, and their potential for livestock systems in a climate change context. I also collect the garbage/trash (mostly plastic bottles/cans) from the desert and through in the waste bins allocated by the municipality.

Sometimes, I really need help in taxonomic classification and nomenclature of the flora and fauna

Sometimes, I really get tired and stressed when unable to solve my academic question, the question from my academy – the desert. I have been coming through such a situation from time to time. I found this flora many times and knew that it is a great source of salts for the camel and the camels really love it. In Arabic it is called RIMRAM, the traditional practitioners recommend it feeding the camels before work or race. Here are the pictures in the gallery, please help me in identifying and supporting my research work as it is for the wellbeing of desert, livestock, and humanity. Though I have found some information from google I still need help to sort it out.

Here I found – My conception after review references from the internet

Botanical name: Heliotropium bacciferum, English: Helitrope, Turnsole, Arabic name: Ramram, الرمرام, Pashtu name: پتنګانو مور Mother of butterflies as it is flowing round the year.

The Precious Flora of the Desert – Tribulus

Tribulus is a very important flora of the drylands of the world, especially the aridlands. It survives and sustains its race in the extremely harsh weathering conditions of its habitat/s. Its yellow flowers are very attractive and catch a lot of birds and insects resulting in more pollination. Not only valued as camel food and ethnomedicine but Tribulus is home to precious fauna of the Desert. You can read very informative and practical information from the field in the link provided here.

You can also watch a very comprehensive youtube video about this flora in the desert.

An Exploration Walk is an Ecotherapy

I love camels as well as the desert and its biodiversity. As contrary to the common perception, the deserts are very rich and beautiful lands. I hereby share some snapshots of the beautiful flora and fauna of the Arabian desert in Al Ain, Abudhabi, UAE. I shot these pictures during my desert exploration walk. This walk really healed me from my inside. It refreshed my memories and focused my thoughts.

Very friendly desert lizard, resembling the reddish-gold sand of the ecosystem

I’m very much impressed by the resilient power of this desert grass. Also known as Sedge grass with scientific name Cyprus conglomeratus and Thenda in Arabic. Sedges were once used to make sails, ropes, baskets, and mats, and also as fuel.

The withstand the desert storms. Their roots are envaloped by very specialized fiberous cushion to preserve water in the roots.

To know in detail, please click the link and read about different plants and animals in the desert. I’m sure you will love the pictures and will refresh your memories. With each snap, there is some short caption, which will be very useful in understanding desert life.