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Camels, once used for transport across the Australian outback, were set free, and are reproducing at an uncontrolled rate in the empty interior of Australia.

Do the ecosystems of camels and kangaroos overlap?

Are camels competing with kangaroos for what little vegetation there is, and if so, what is the impact on kangaroo demography?

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    $\begingroup$ Can you please provide a reference to an article that discusses the situation? It may help people who are familiar with ecology but unfamiliar with the particular scenario you are discussing. $\endgroup$ – AMR Dec 17 '15 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Gordon Stanger: please provide some reference indicating the rise in reproduction rate. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Mar 3 '16 at 17:06
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Feral camels have environmental, economic and cultural impacts in Australia's Northern Territory (Dept of Land Resource Management, Australia).

In central Australia, camels feed on more than 80% of the available plant species. Feral camels severely defoliate and suppress the recruitment of some shrub and tree species, with such impacts being greatly exacerbated in drier years (Dept of Land Resource Management).

Feral camels have a noticeable impact on fragile salt lake ecosystems and waterholes, which are important sites for Aboriginal people and for native fauna (Dept of Land Resource Management).

However, its impact on kangaroos may be the last of our worries. There are other, typically smaller, marsupials that cover the endangered species list in the NT, including the Western quoll, bandicoots and wallabies (Dept of Land Resource Management). Kangaroos thrive in the agricultural farmlands that now dot the nation.

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    $\begingroup$ Oh... I forgot there was an honorary Aussie in the room. $\endgroup$ – AMR Dec 17 '15 at 21:36
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    $\begingroup$ @AMR - that's why I am here ;-) $\endgroup$ – AliceD Dec 17 '15 at 22:05
  • $\begingroup$ @AMR - with the interesting side note that OP lives in Adelaide, while I am back in the Netherlands ;-) $\endgroup$ – AliceD Dec 18 '15 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ That's strange... there is an anagram somewhere.... $\endgroup$ – AMR Dec 18 '15 at 14:06

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