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Welcome to the Camels Australia Export Web site.

Camels Australia Export is the registered business name of the Central Australian Camel Industry Association Inc (CACIA).

This Association is made up of members from the pastoral industry, meat industry, aboriginal communities, tourism operators, transport operators, contractors and Government agencies.

The role of CACIA is to promote the sustainable development of the camel industry through the use, knowledge and well-being of camels in Australia. This is being achieved by implementing results of research and development projects past, present and future.

Camels were first introduced into Australia from the Canary Islands in 1840. Subsequently an estimated 12,000 camels were imported and ultimately released into the wild when road and rail transport resumed the camel’s role as a means of carrying freight.

Camels are scattered through the arid interior of Australia with an estimate of 50% in Western Australia, 25% in the Northern Territory, and 25% in western Queensland and northern South Australia.

The Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory detailed aerial survey in 1994 over the southern half of the NT indicated a population of approx. 60,000 camels. The 2001 survey by the Northern Territory Parks & Wildlife Commission has estimated the present feral camel population in the Northern Territory to be in excess of 200,000. The likely Australian population is now 600,000.

As an alternative to Government controlled culling programs, CACIA has developed markets for trade in live camels and camel meat.

Distribution of the Feral Camel (Camelus dromedarius) in Australia 1995.

The purpose of this web site is to promote awareness of this industry and thereby assist in converting a feral problem into diverse income and employment for Australia.

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