Why a World Camel Day?


We celebrate world camel day on 22 June each year

Camel is a multipurpose, unique and very useful animal for livelihood earning in the challenging climatic conditions of its habitats. Because of towering power of adaptation, camel ensures food security in conditions where other types of livestock can hardly survive. Camel is an efficient biological machine, converting poor roughages (shrubs, bushes and dry foliage) into precious milk while consuming lesser amount of water/kg milk production. The camel extract water from its excreta and produce almost dry and hard manure ball, as well as extract from the urine via its incredible kidneys, producing urine thicker than syrup. Camel produce milk with medicinal and functional properties, rightly called as natural pharmacy. Camel also provide, fiber, hides, recreation, sport opportunities, transportation & accessibility to millions of people around the world. The camel plays an incredible role in dispersing seeds, enriching soil fertility, recycling the woody roughages into manure (food for the soil microbiome) and overall ecosystem management. https://arkbiodiv.com/2022/05/18/not-only-food-but-also-the-ecosystem-management-the-camel-is-a-player-in-the-desert/amp/

The people interests is increasing in camels, especially in its milk followed by sport opportunities. The main drivers behind the interest in camel milk are medicinal power and availability in processed form. Except India, the camel population is increasing in all regions either slower or faster but growth is being noticed.

Camel is an interest of research model for the young scientists.
Camel is an interest of research model for the young scientists. Dr. Maria Chilka with a camel in the Sahara desert.

Camel is Still hiding from the eyes of the policymaker

Beside the above discussed potential and opportunities, the camel is still hiding from the eyes of the policymakers. Camel is seldom considered in R&D policies, both locally and globally which is very unfortunate. Camel4Life International is an influential forum advocating camel at global level, with a workforce of camelists (camel scientists, nomads/pastoralists, farmer, students, lovers) from all over the world. The forum has a WhatsApp platform, sharing information on regular basis 24/7 to highlight the camels trends, potential, opportunities, and challenges. The forum is a great platform supporting the researcher and students in conceptualizing research methods and publications. Though, the ice is melting but still the camel is not properly considered and placed at the policymaking platforms. https://arkbiodiv.com/2020/06/20/history-of-world-camel-day-22-june/amp/

Camel milk is a source of earning for the rural poor. This image was shot in Cholistan region of Pakistan.

We celebrate world camel day on 22nd June each year

We celebrate world camel day each year on 22nd June to highlight the importance of incredible camel and aware/educate the masses about the role of the camel in food security, climate change adaptation, culture and ecosystem management. Each year, this day is being celebrated in many parts of the world and the interest is increasing with the passing of each camel day. The interest of the people beyond the camels’ habitats is also increasing and the demand for the camel milk is towering with the passage of time. More and more people are coming in camel milk and sports business. We can see camel dairies in the Western countries and regions like USE, Australia and European Union. Also, now we have camel racing in France and Australia, soon more countries will enter in the ring. Celebration of camel day is a success story and a great support for the camel development. https://camel4all.info/index.php/2022/06/16/who-is-the-founder-of-world-camel-day/