These ships of the desert have never seen the desert.
Born in captivity, they live comfortably in an advanced conservation and education facility in Ohio.
If one were to ponder the question “Is anything natural anymore?” this example is relatively benign manifestation in terms of the current global ecological reality and represents only the tip of the iceberg in terms of human footprint of the future.
Even so, to me the image of a camel in the ‘grasslands’ of Ohio is quite amusing in its potential to challenge archetypes and associations. They also have Rhinos at the same facility.
And then again these same pastures I’m sure were once one big teeming forests, quivering with wealth in biodiversity.
In a time where rampant species extinction continues apace and human intervention is the only hope for the chosen few [species] – maybe sometimes cuter, perhaps sometimes deemed more ‘pivotal’ in relation to specific ecosystems, perhaps sometimes more cost effective, or just plain lucky.
Perhaps our overpopulation and unsustainable economic model is ‘natural’, perhaps it is just another blip in the journey of evolution?
Or is it a blimp in the sky that is trying tell us something?
And if we listen is that message not part of the ‘natural’ too, part of evolution?