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Mar
02nd

Countdown to 2017 Camel and Mongolian Cultural Day on 16th July!

On Sunday 16th July, a Camel and Mongolian Cultural Day will be held at Buscot Park, a National Trust property near Faringdon, Oxfordshire. Camels and camel dressage will be on display and there will be Mongolian singing, wrestling, archery and other Mongolian sports. The event is organised by the WCPF to raise funds for the critically endangered wild camel – especially for winter hay for the captive wild camels at the wild camel breeding centre in Mongolia.

Camel and Mongolian Cultural Day

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May
22nd

Latest News from China

The head office of the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve has recently established a remarkable display of wildlife, which includes the wild camel, to be found in the reserve. One of the photos below shows a relief map of the Reserve which is situated in Xinjiang Province, China. WCPF helped the Chinese to establish the Reserve over a five-year-period and it was finally approved by the Chinese Government in 2001. WCPF also obtained substantial funding for its establishment from the Global Environmental Facility. In 2002 WCPF successfully lobbied the Chinese Government to have the reserve classified as a National Reserve – the same status as their Giant Panda Reserve.

Relief Map of Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve

Relief Map of Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve

Display at Lop Nur Nature Reserve Head Office

Display at Lop Nur Nature Reserve Head Office

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Mar
27th

Newsletter Number 38

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Newsletter 38

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Feb
10th

Gobi Desert: Wild Camels: Nuclear Tests

5th August 2017, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Fairlight Hall • Hastings • Fairlight Hall Estate • Details

Fairlight Hall Talks and Workshops 2017

Fairlight Hall Talks and Workshops 2017

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.

£20 to include coffee and cake

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East Sussex, TN35 5DR

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Jan
20th

Agreement with German Camel Organisation

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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Oct
23rd

Wild Camel News from China

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.

A wild camel and a wolf

A wild camel and a wolf

Group of young wild camel calves frisking around a water hole

Group of young wild camel calves frisking around a water hole

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Oct
12th

Camel Race Day 2016 Report

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.

John Hare WCPF with the Mongolian Ambassador to the United Kingdom

John Hare WCPF with the Mongolian Ambassador to the United Kingdom

The large crowd await the start of the first race

The large crowd await the start of the first race

Champion jockey Robert Pascall winning the final in fine style.

Champion jockey Robert Pascall winning the final in fine style.

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Aug
30th

Geographical.co.uk Article

Geographical - The wild camel – a great survivor

Photo © John Hare

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. […]

GeographicalThe wild camel – a great survivor
Written by John Hare
Published in Geographical.co.uk on 24th August, 2016
Read full article online

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Jul
07th

Camel Races September 4th

Camel Race 2016

Camel Race Day, Chilham Castle, Kent. Sunday, 4th September 2016

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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Feb
29th

FRENCH TV DOCUMENTARY

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