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mob of feral camels in central australia
Mob of feral camels in central Australia - Photo © NT government

Control Measures

  • Because Australia is the only country with a significant number of feral camels, there is relatively little research on controlling their numbers.
  • In 2010, the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council endorsed the National Feral Camel Action Plan 
  • The main control methods used currently are culling, and exclusion fencing for commercially or ecologically significant sites.
    • Camels are culled in remote areas by shooting from helicopters or from the ground.
    • These culls aim to reduce the density of camels especially in areas of high conservation value.
    • The highest standards of animal welfare are followed during the culling process. Controlling camel numbers also results in fewer camels dying cruelly from starvation, dehydration and trampling, particularly during drought.
  • Attempts to develop a feral camel live-export trade and a meat industry has not been commercially sustainable.

Aerial surveys

Aerial survey techniques were originally developed to monitor kangaroo and other wildlife populations in remote areas, but are now also used to monitor camel populations.

pdfA broad scale aerial survey of the feral camel population in the South Kimberley region 2009 364.53 KB
pdfA broad scale aerial survey of feral camel populations in the Great Victoria Desert 20081 MB
pdfFeral Camel Distribution and Abundance of the Warburton Central Ranges and Northern Great Victoria Desert 2007120.07 KB
pdfEvaluating the effectiveness of an operation to cull feral camels in the Western Little Sandy Desert 200739.01 KB
pdfAerial survey conducted from Telfer Mine site of the Rudall River National Park to assess feral camel densities 200677.38 KB
pdfCamel populations in central Western Australia determined from aerial surveys 2005370.36 KB
pdfProposal for a pilot broad-scale aerial camel survey – Gibson Desert 2005170.36 KB