A wonderful book about the Camel ranging over physiology, psychology, natural history and practical information, to the role of the camel in society and its depiction in art and literature.


Many illustrations and photographs. Part of a series on animals by Reaktion Books. First published 2010.




The Camel and the Wheel

Published by Columbia University Press in 1990. The author Richard Bulliet, a professor of history, chronicles the relationship between man and camel using two primary themes: the 'rivalry' between the pack camel and wheeled transport for carrying loads, and the relationship between the breeders of camels and those societies who used their camels for labour.

"For the first time in human history whole societies numbering millions of people are living outside close, conscious daily contact with other animal species".

"My true intention has been to show as completely and as concisely as possibly how this one particular domestic animal has fitted into the total context of human society throughout history".


The Camel: Its Evolution, Ecology, Behaviour and Relationship to Man

Published by The University of Chicago Press in 1981, the book is based on the authors' observations of camels in the Sahara over many years.

Contains information not readily available elsewhere such as a table of camel types in Africa, camel populations in African and Non-African countries, studies on feeding, drinking, behaviour, locomotion and loads.




The authors state they had three aims in writing the book:

  1. "To describe the camel in its natural habitat in the North-Western and Western Sahara".
  2. "To point out the importance of camel men in the ecology of the desert".
  3. "To present a comprehensive bibliography of scientific references dealing primarily with the camel".



Part of 'The Tropical Agriculturalist' series, this book - published by Macmillan Education in 1998 - is a practical field guide for the management and care of camels.

Covers different types and breeds of camel, production systems, anatomy and physiology, reproduction, management, nutrition and health; also the various uses of camels - transport and milk production.

Contains useful information not readily available elsewhere.