Imported into Australia from British India and Afghanistan during the colonisation of the central and western parts of Australia, many camels were released into the wild after motorised transport replaced the use of camels in the early 20th century, resulting in a fast-growing feral population.
The exact population of Australian feral camels is not known. In 2008 the number of feral camels was estimated to be more than one million, with the capability of doubling in number every 8 to 10 years. In 2013, this estimate was revised to a population of 600,000 prior to culling operations, and around 300,000 camels after culling, and increasing 10% per year.
Date: 5 January 2011