Australians have been told to eat camels to protect the environment, just months after being urged to combat climate change by chomping on kangaroos.

The million-strong population of feral camels Down Under is the largest wild herd on earth, and they are out of control — damaging fragile ecosystems and water resources.

So, in the name of saving the country's wildlife, a group of Aussies are taking the shrimps off the barbie and serving the humped mammal at a banquet for senior public servants in Canberra, the federal capital.

The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Center spent three years studying the animals and eventually decided the best way to bring down their numbers is to cook them up.

"Eat a camel today, I've done it," said Professor Murray McGregor of the center.

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