Wild Camel Protection Foundation
Articles about the work of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation
The sole aim of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation is to protect the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus ferus) and its habitat in the fragile and unique desert ecosystems in the Gobi and Gashun Gobi deserts in north-west China and south-west Mongolia. It is the only charitable environmental Foundation in the world which exclusively has as its aims and objectives the protection of the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel and its unique desert habitat.
Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve - China
Through the successful fundraising and pioneering efforts of the WCPF, a 155,000 square kilometre Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve was established in 2001 and was granted National Reserve status in 2003. The Reserve is managed by the Wild Camel Reserve Office of the Xinjiang Environmental Protection Bureau.The Wild Camel Protection Foundation is the sole international consultant and adviser for the Reserve.
In Mongolia, the Wild Camel Protection Foundation has established a captive wild Bactrian camel breeding programme north of the Mongolian specially protected area where 350 wild camels survive in the wild. This programme has started successfully and in its first full year of operation, four wild Bactrian camel calves have been born.
Earlier this year, while on an expedition into the Mongolian reserve using domestic camels, they spotted 116 wild camels, including a large herd of over 30.
The wild Bactrian camel is a remarkable and resilient creature which is on the brink of survival. All the efforts of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation are concentrated on ensuring that it does not become yet another species that disappears forever from our planet.
John Hare is the founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, School Farm, Benenden, Kent TN17 4EU.
He has published ‘The Lost Camels of Tartary' (Little Brown 1999) and ‘Shadows across the Sahara'(Constable and Robinson 2002) and ‘Mysteries of the Gobi' (I.B.Tauris 2009)