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 camels 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
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
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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