A desert dweller, the Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) can survive without drinking water for up to 10

Camelus bactrianus at the Cincinnati Zoo

months. When it does have the opportunity to drink, it can take in 30 gallons at a time. Other desert adaptations include long eyelashes and closeable nostrils to protect against blowing sand.

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Height: Up to 7.5 ft

Weight: Up to 1,450 lbs

Lifespan: Up to 40 years

Habitat: Desert and grassland

Diet: Grasses, leaves, and shrubs

Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically endangered)

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