From Wikipedia: "Camels are well known for their humps. They do not store water in them as is commonly believed. Their humps are a reservoir of fatty tissue, while water is stored in their blood. However, when this tissue is metabolised, it is not only a source of energy, but yields through reaction with oxygen from the air 1111 g of water per 1000 g of fat. This allows them to survive without water for about two weeks, and without food for up to a month."
Compared to the dromedary, it is built for a more harsh life in the desert, the dromedary being taller an faster. A Bactrian camel can drink as much as 120 (!) litres of water at a time... The wild Bactrian camel population was first discovered by Przewalski, the same man who gave his name to the Przewalski horse.
Thanks to Thomas for pointing out that Camels do not store water in their humps.
Which zoos have them?Brookfield Zoo (United States), Edinburgh Zoo (United Kingdom), Los Angeles Zoo (United States), Minnesota Zoo (United States) and Saint Louis Zoological Park (United States)
The Bactrian camel, wild bactrian camel is listed as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the Bactrian camelA young / baby of a Bactrian camel is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A Bactrian camel group is called a 'flock'.
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 475 kg (1045 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 35 years
Female maturity :1278 days
Male maturity : 1278 days
Gestation : 395 days
Weaning : 319 days
Litter size : 1
Litters per year : 1
Interval between litters : 730 days
Weight at birth : 36 kg (79.2 lbs)