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Can you name the top 20 countries with the highest camel populations?
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Based on 2007 agricultural/domesticated camel population estimates.
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Apr 1st, 2011 at 13:44 GMT
Thanks for taking my quiz! Hope you find these animal population quizzes interesting. I obviously do. (I've now completed World Ass Population, Horse, Sheep, Camel, Goat, and Cattle.) Check them out! Let me know if you have any feedback about this quiz! Sporcle on!
Apr 1st, 2011 at 15:55 GMT
Good quiz but why only list the top 10 while the other quizes go to more than 20. Not enough data I suppose. 5 Globes.
Apr 1st, 2011 at 18:56 GMT
Australia has a fairly well documented population of feral Camels - some sources put the number at 500,000 and others go even higher. I think it's worthy of a bonus answer.
Apr 1st, 2011 at 22:25 GMT
@JRL, the data used for this series of quizzes on animal populations is gleaned from population estimates for agricultural animals. So, I suppose I should clarify that point. It's an understood point when you take some of the other quizzes where there are only very small wild populations of these otherwise agricultural animals, but you provide a great example of why I need to make the agricultural element of my data clear. THANK YOU! @nyo: I can't really articulate why I made that determination, but I did... I think I made a mistake on that decision though. Why I didn't keep going to 20? Who knows...? I think I shall remedy these points. Thanks gents/ladies/gent and lady!
Apr 1st, 2011 at 22:41 GMT
You've got a bug; I got all 18 answers, and then the Results page shows three more (Iran, Egypt, and a blank).
Apr 1st, 2011 at 22:56 GMT
@carbon_rod: I was in the midst of editing the quiz when you took it. Sorry! It should be all squared away now! The stats should be screwed up for a while because I upped the quiz from Top 10 to Top 20. (You can thank nyo if your previous perfect 10 score is now only 50%!)
Apr 3rd, 2011 at 10:25 GMT
I'm shocked at the least guessed! It is one of the two countries with bactrain (two-hump) camels. Not everyone knows that? ...maybe I've been watching too much 'Planet Earth'. Great quiz!
Apr 13th, 2011 at 15:32 GMT
@wasteoflawtime: Great quiz, but wouldn't this have been a better link to your source: http://faostat.fao.org/site/573/DesktopDefault.aspx?PageID=573#ancor I think it's most useful to players to be able to go directly to the source data, if for example, they are curious about the countries that have camels but not enough to meet the threshold for this quiz. If you can directly link to the data I think it's always better to do so than to merely link to the home page of the source. My contention is that it's easier to get from the data back to the home page (if you want to) then it is to get from the home page to the data (which is really what most people are going to be interested in).
@Riko: the quizmaster expanded the quiz from the top 10 to the top 20 and it so happened that the countries you are talking about China and Mongolia (with Bactrian instead of Dromedary camels) were among the added countries so their guessed right numbers can't really be compared to the top 10 countries on an equal footing.
Apr 13th, 2011 at 16:34 GMT
There must be 2,286,000 vegetarians in Ethiopia as well.
Apr 13th, 2011 at 23:52 GMT
@tahitiwahini, Actually, that page is not the home page, and is the one I used to download the data. It just requires inputting livestock population-->number and then switching to table view. I don't know why the other one is any easier?
Apr 14th, 2011 at 00:22 GMT
@wasteoflawtime: I still think the link I provided is (slightly) better because it doesn't display by default the world food supply data, but I'll concede that I see now how you can get to the data from the link you supplied, and I have to admit it's not that difficult once you realize that Theme can be changed from Food Supply to Livestock Population. It was wrong of me to suggest that it was the home page though, it's not. I do feel a little bad complaining about the source link on this quiz when so many quizzes don't even provide a source link. It's a great source, by the way. Looking forward to the rest of this series.
Apr 9th, 2012 at 16:06 GMT
should have a longer time limit, good quiz.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 08:50 GMT
@MattAtkins: Upon taking my quiz again more than a year later, I agree with you. Upping to 3 mins.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 09:47 GMT
it helps if you know the countries within the Sahara and Arabian peninsula. Please to have guessed them all otherwise I might have got the hump.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 12:25 GMT
Mongolia was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 14:19 GMT
I've been playing this quiz for 3 minutes. I tell a lie, 4. Be fair, 5. I've been playing this camel-counting quiz for just the 7 minutes. And in that time, up to the present moment, I got, ooh, nearly...nearly one right.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 20:01 GMT
First quiz I've ever seen where the "least so" answer is the most guessed.
Aug 30th, 2012 at 01:49 GMT
Somalia must not smell very good.
Aug 30th, 2012 at 03:44 GMT
How, HOW did I forget China on an agricultural quiz!!??
Game published: Aug 31st, 2012 at 04:00 GMT
Aug 31st, 2012 at 04:16 GMT
got all but number 1. go figure.
Aug 31st, 2012 at 05:06 GMT
I have this mental image of Egypt: pyramids, camels in single file, desert. I think I'm not alone
Aug 31st, 2012 at 05:06 GMT
what the heck is a feral camel? good/fun quiz!
Aug 31st, 2012 at 05:49 GMT
Very surprised Egypt is so low. Also surprised Australia is not a proper answer. They use camels to build the Ghan railway, and also to patrol the rabbit-proof fence.
Aug 31st, 2012 at 06:01 GMT
@Jermsy: A feral population of anything is an introduced species that is living and breeding unchecked in the native environment. Here in Australia the camels are a huge problem, as the desert (and by extension, the habitat of many of our native and often endangered species) is being trashed by wild camels living and breeding there in huge numbers.
Aug 31st, 2012 at 06:25 GMT
No reported domesticated population of camels in Oz - sorry that is a nonsense. There are several camel farms - I've been to three or four.
Aug 31st, 2012 at 06:41 GMT
after trying every country on the arabian peninsula and 30 seconds to go, I think: "oh yeah Africa has camels too!" *FACEPALM*
Aug 31st, 2012 at 08:53 GMT
I'm guessing South Sudan should be here but there is no data yet. Anyone want to volunteer to count the camels in South Sudan?
Aug 31st, 2012 at 12:16 GMT
@Honest_John, I was thinking that at first since Sudan is so high, but then again it might not be. For one, this quiz is already on the front page and it's something admins would verify, and also, the countries bordering SS like Uganda and CAR are not here, so South Sudan might be past the camel-zone.
Aug 31st, 2012 at 12:32 GMT
That's a lot of camel toes.
Aug 31st, 2012 at 13:15 GMT
The custody fight over the camels was a big issue in the split in Sudan.
Aug 31st, 2012 at 13:18 GMT
Was this a one-hump quiz, or a two-hump quiz?
Aug 31st, 2012 at 13:34 GMT
@milkmeister, you went to the 3 or 4 Australian camel farms... AND YOU DIDN'T COUNT THEM FOR ME!!??
Aug 31st, 2012 at 15:30 GMT
But what do they taste like?
Aug 31st, 2012 at 17:13 GMT
Those camels in Australia are the only significant population of Dromedary camel that could be described as 'wild'; the Dromedary is technically extinct in the wild!
Aug 31st, 2012 at 22:58 GMT
at least this time Somalia is the first in something!!
Aug 31st, 2012 at 23:54 GMT
Got all but number 1... I guess I should start associating Somalia with camels now.
Sep 1st, 2012 at 00:15 GMT
@osasunaitor. Buh, buh, but what about the pirates? Who beats Somalia for pirates?
Sep 1st, 2012 at 03:00 GMT
Where in the title does it specify domesticated camels?
Sep 1st, 2012 at 03:21 GMT
@will101, it's in the note above.
Sep 1st, 2012 at 15:20 GMT
Genuinely surprised Morocco isn't on the list. I'd have thought there would be more domesticated camels there than in Tunisia. Goes to show what I know.
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