Science, Health and Technology
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Fri May 10, 2013

Why Is The Saint Louis Zoo Tackling Camel Diseases In Kenya?

Sharon Deem, Saint Louis Zoo

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:48 pm

Camels are known for their ability to travel long distances across the desert without water.

But they’re also becoming an increasingly important source of milk for people in drought-prone regions. That includes East African countries like Kenya, where camel numbers have skyrocketed over the past few decades.

But introducing camels — or any species — to a new region, could mean bringing in new diseases.

The St. Louis Zoo has been studying camel diseases in Kenya to help assess their risks.

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