Feral camels

Feral camels roam across an area of 3.3 million square kilometres of rangeland that incorporates many different tenures: Aboriginal lands, pastoral and mining leases, conservation lands and other crown land. They cause damage to infrastructure, sites of natural and cultural significance and communities.

The 10 Deserts Project is committed to supporting Indigenous organisations that want to manage feral camels on remote country and we have allocated nearly $2 million over the coming four years for control work.  This does not include financial support for mustering operations where there is access to abattoirs.

The project has brought together government agencies and Indigenous organisations from across three jurisdictions (Northern Territory / South Australia and Western Australia) to collaborate and coordinate feral camel control work.  This has not occurred since the National Feral Camel Management Project finished in 2013.

Camel density map


Implementing control work is complex with the areas to be accessed very remote and harsh.  Consents are needed from traditional owners and the cooperation of government agencies and neighbouring land managers is encouraged.

Camel news and resources

Watch Martu Elder Butler Landy talk about the impact of camels on the desert

Watch the Ninti One Australian Feral Camel Management 2013 video

Feral camel frequently asked questions

Media release: Indigenous organisations collaborate on feral camel control in the central desert



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10 Deserts Project steering committee member
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