A species achieves Critically Endangered status when there is an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Hemker Park & Zoo holds the following Critically Endangered species.
The Bactrian camel is native to the steppes of Central Asia. Of the two species of camel, it is by far the rarer.
The wild form has dwindled to a population estimated at 800 in October 2002 and has been classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back. It is the largest mammal in its native range. Bactrian camels are exceptionally adept at withstanding wide variations in temperature – ranging from freezing cold to blistering heat.