What is the Difference Between a One-Hump Camel and a Two-Hump Camel, and What are they Called?

A camel is an even-toed ungulate with fatty deposits we know as humps on its back.

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There are two species of camels.

The Dromedary or Arabian camel has a single hump, and is found in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Bactrian camel has two humps, and the few remaining in the wild in northwest China and Mongolia are currently classified as critically endangered.

Both species are beasts of burden, and have been domesticated to provide milk and meat in many countries.

If you cross a One-Hump Camel with a Two-Hump Camel, you’d get a nar.

They are often used as a transport animal in Central Asia. A nar is much like every other camel, but it has a single elongated hump.

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