Camels - the animals domesticated many centuries ago, are playing a diminishing part in the economy of Soviet Central Asia.
Camels - the animals domesticated many centuries ago, are playing a diminishing part in the economy of Soviet Central Asia. Intensive measures have been taken, under the Conservation of nature Law in the area, to preserve and multiply the number of the species, as the friendly animals tend to return to the wild state.
SYNOPSIS: A rare sight in Soviet Central Asia, just north of Bukhara. But apparently there are at least several hundreds camels living in the Kyzyl-Kum desert, that stretches throughout the Republics of Kazakhstan and Usbekistan. Some of the animals have rings in their nostrils. They are the runaways - from the domestic herds who've returned to the wild. They are not afraid of people or their vehicles, but just want to live freely.
Before the first railway was built in Kyzyl-Kum in the 1920's - camels were practically the only means of transport there. Nowadays their existence is somehow contradictory to the generally-accepted knowledge about the species. The Greater Soviet Encyclopedia makes no mention of the Kyzul-kum camels at all and maintains that only the one-humped Arabians can be found in the wild. The Encyclopedia Britannica adds that camels are only known as domestic animals. Obviously, nature has proved the information to be already out-dated.