WCS 3-Sentence Science
Wild Camels Not So Wild
June 21, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS Executive Director for Wildlife Health Chris Walzer on conserving the genetic integrity of highly endangered bactrian (two-humped) camels:
- Researchers investigated male lineages of both wild and domestic bactrian camels (Camelus bactrianus) for the first time.
- They found that wild and domestic camels were clearly separated into two different genetic populations that share a common ancestor, though they found a domestic paternal lineage within one wild camel — concerning given the importance to conserve the genetic integrity of these highly endangered species in their natural habitat.
- The research provides a baseline that will help conserve the integrity of the highly endangered wild two-humped camel gene pool.
Study and Journal: “A first Y-chromosomal haplotype network to investigate male-driven population dynamics in domestic and wild bactrian camels” from Frontiers in Genetics
WCS Co-Author(s): Chris Walzer, Executive Director Wildlife Health, Wildlife Health Program
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