5th August 2017, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
John Hare FRGS, the first foreigner allowed into China’s former nuclear test area for 45 years, shares his remarkable experiences covering three expeditions on domestic camels to research the critically endangered wild camel in an hitherto unexplored areas of the 150,000 square kilometre, Lop Nur Desert.
Discoveries include a “naive” population of wildlife trapped deep in the desert dunes which had never encountered and had no fear of man.
Proceeds to the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) – a UK registered charity – established to preserve the critically endangered wild camel from extinction. An animal which thanks to the efforts of WCPF was discovered to be in 2008 a NEW and SEPARATE species of camel which survived 43 atmospheric nuclear tests and lives on salt water with a higher content of salt than sea water.
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On the 19th January 2017, WCPF signed an Agreement with Altweltkamele e.V (AWK) – a German, non-profit organisation founded in 2009. Their members are camel-keepers, zoo-keepers, veterinarians and camel-holding companies in Germany and Europe. The goal of the organisation is the protection of Bactrian and Dromedary camels to which they have now added the Wild Camel as a result of this Agreement.
The Agreement provides for the translation of key information from the WCPF website into German and the provision of sign boards in German publicising the Wild Camel and placed at over 90 sites all over Germany. AWK will also translate specific existing WCPF publications from English into German at AWK’s expense and both parties will seek funding for their publication. The WCPF newsletter will be translated into German and distributed to the large AWK mailing list of camel lovers and professionals throughout Germany.
This is a highly significant Agreement for WCPF which will spread their message to save the critically endangered Wild Camel from extinction, throughout the German-speaking world.
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Wolves are one of the main predators of the wild camel (apart from humans) but this encounter seems to have sent the wolf scurrying away with its tail between its legs. And then there is this wonderful photo of young wild camels scampering around the Lapeiquan spring in the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve in Xinjiang, China. It shows that a healthy crop of calves has been born and is a positive sign for the future.
Both these photos were taken on a camera trip set up near the spring.
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The camel race day at Chilham Castle, Kent on September 4th 2016 was a huge success with over 3,000 people attending. Sufficient funds were raised to cover the cost of winter hay for the wild camel breeding centre in Mongolia. The Mongolian ambassador and many officials from the Mongolian Embassy in London attended and there were 30 stalls selling everything from Mongolian food to Mongolian and rural produce and crafts. There were four races and a final and Robert Pascall, a successful fruit farmer from Kent had the distinction of beating all the Mongolian jockeys and becoming the champion camel jockey of the day.
The Mongolian ambassador expressed his delight at the record turn out for what has become a very Mongolian affair. WCPF is extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Stuart Wheeler who generously hosted the day at Chilham Castle, Kent.
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Very few people are aware that the critically endangered wild double-humped camel (Camelus ferus) is, according to ZSL, the eighth most endangered large mammal in the world. As few as 450 roam the Mongolian Gobi, in a 55,000 square kilometre reserve called the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area ‘A’. Another 600 are found across the Chinese border, in the desert surrounding the dried-up lake of Lop Nur where, in 2003, the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), a UK registered charity, established an even larger reserve.
In 2008, genetic testing carried out by the Veterinary University in Vienna on samples sent by WCPF from both China and Mongolia proved the wild camel is an entirely new and separate species that evolved over 700,000 years ago – and not, as was previously thought, a domesticated Bactrian camel turned feral. […]
The wild camel – a great survivor
Written by John Hare
Published in Geographical.co.uk on 24th August, 2016
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The 2016 Camel Race Day will be held at CHILHAM CASTLE, Chilham, Kent CT4 8DB by courtesy of Mr and Mrs Stuart Wheeler. Chilham Castle is located between Ashford and Canterbury in Kent. The date is SUNDAY, the 4th of SEPTEMBER. Chilham Castle is a magnificent setting to hold camel races as will be seen from their website.
Chilham is used to hosting horse trials and is well equipped to hold our event. The picturesque village of Chilham is in the valley of the Great Stour River and beside the A28 road 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Canterbury. There is a railway station at Chilham and one train an hour leaves Charing Cross on the Ramsgate and Canterbury line. The station is a ten-minute walk from the castle. It can be reached easily from Dover or Ashford if you are coming from oversea by ferry or train.
The day will be similar to the event we held in 2014 with camel racing (the Fossett’s racing camels are booked), Mongolian wrestlers, musicians and of course our magnificent puppet Gobi (War Camel). There will be camel rides for the children and a selection of food and drink stalls including Mongolian and camel milk ice-cream. Craft and other stalls will be there. Please come and support WCPF on our big fund-raising event of the year. All funds raised go to buy winter hay for the wild camels at the Breeding Centre, in Mongolia to ensure they have adequate stocks of hay to help them last through the harsh Mongolian winter.
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When a Chinese professor, a leader in the team committed to dispatching a Chinese probe to the moon, sends me three satellite maps, I pay serious attention.
As well as probing the surface of the moon, my friend Liu Shaochuang (“the professor,” as I call him), of the Remote Sensing Unit at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing, is helping monitor the movements of wild, double-humped camels in the vastness of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The camels are wearing collars equipped with special receivers, and their locations are recorded by satellite every 24 hours. […]
Can Angry Young Males Save a Critically Endangered Camel?
By John Neville Hare
Published 17 February, 2016 in National Geographic
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