We all know we have to worry about polar bears, but spare a thought for camels too. These extraordinary creatures are famous for thriving in some of the world’s most arid regions. Their milk-bearing capacity has led them to be touted as the “new cows” in regions where cattle and goats are susceptible to worsening drought.
Yet across the world, from China to Somalia, even the mighty camel is struggling to survive. Lengthy droughts are wilting its grasslands and cutting off water supplies. As one Somalian elder commented after camels started to die: “Our life depends entirely on livestock. And if we lose it, then we have lost everything.” They’ve also already been the victims of climate change once before: 15,000 years ago their giant ancestors were wiped out in South America.