The Drought

By | August 13, 2011

Camels have a better ability than most other animals to survive severe drought conditions. Their systems are able to retain water much longer and use it more efficiently, making them better suited to traveling through desert regions.

A camel can lose up to a third of its weight without being severely affected by it – this would equal around 17 days without water. Their body temperature adjusts according to the environment and their kidneys regulate the loss of water through urine so that if water is not plentiful loss of fluid is reduced drastically. It can replenish this loss amazingly quickly though, as it can consume around 100 liters of water in less than 10 minutes!


The current drought situation in North Africa is even affecting the camels though, and when a camel dies because of drought, you know the situation is extremely bad.

Read more about the drought in Somalia affecting even the camels and see some stunning photograhps: Camels Can’t Survive in Drought-Stricken Somalia, What Can? (PHOTOS)