The camel and llamas are belong to the desert area these animals are prevalent only in a very limited area in the globe i.e. dry and desert zone of the earth. Specifically , Dromedary are available in India, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, China and Afghanistan. The Bactrian are prevalent in India, China, Mongolia, Russia and African Countries. Similarly , Llamoids are only found in Peru, Bolivia, United States and Canada. Therefore , due to limited availability of camels and llamas, less attention has been paid so far regarding its proper documentation. However , it is a very important animals in desert for the livelihood of the peoples. Only 3-4 books on camels are available throughout the world, but llamas are not covered in these available books. Therefore , it is attempt to Present all important aspects of husbandry of the less known animals in the book. The book has been organized in 10chapters viz. Introduction , haematology, digestion and nutrition, breeding and reproduction, mammary glands and milk, growth of camelids, meat and meat production, fibre production, camels for draught and behaviour and management of the camels. This book has been written for the graduate and post graduate students as the text book of global importance and reference materials for researchers and teachers.
Prof. Nityanand Pathak, B.Sc., M.V.Sc., Ph.D., FNAVSI, FANA, FMOBS, MAAVN comed from a small farming family of village Nagwa, district Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. He has served as researcher, teacher and extension personnel in Bharat and other country. At present he is president of Pashu Poshan awam Pashu Katyan Samittee and Indian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Welfare, Bareilly. He has been President and General Secretary of Animal Nutrition Association, IVRI, Izatnagar during 1995-1999 and foundation to 1995 respectively. He was President (2004-2006) and Vice President (2000-2002) of Indian Society of Animal Nutrition, NDRI, Karnal, Indian Society for Buffalo Development, CIRB, Hissar (2000-2002) and Indian Society of Zoo and Wieldlife Veterinarians, Bareilly and General Secretary of National Academy of Veterinary Science, India. He is recipient of first prize of Science Society, KKC-LU, 1961, Commonwealth Bureau of Animal Health prize 1969, New Surrey, England, Jawaharlal Nehru Award of ICAR, 1974, Institute level Best Teacher Award of IVRI, 1995, Meritorious Inovation Award, 2005 of the National Research Development Corporation, New Delhi and World Intellectual property Organization, Geneva-WIPO award of Certificate of Merit 2006. He is author and co-author of more than 350 research papers published in about 50 Indian and International Journals, many other scientific publications and 25 books including 4 in press. More than 150 scientific personnels has been co-author and collaboration from the disciplines of Veterinary Medicine, Surgery, Reproduction, Livestock Management and Extension etc.
S.K Saha B.V.Sc.& AH, M.Sc.(D), Ph.D., FNAVS, Post Doc (Australia) Post Doc (USA) Principal Scientist, Animal Nutrition Division Indian Veterinary Research Institute Izatangar-243122,U.P.