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Geographical.co.uk Article

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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
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Camel Races September 4th

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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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FRENCH TV DOCUMENTARY

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The Princes with 2 Humps

Click here to watch “The Princes with 2 Humps”

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARTICLE

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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. […]

National geographic logoCan Angry Young Males Save a Critically Endangered Camel?
By John Neville Hare
Published 17 February, 2016 in National Geographic
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RELEASE REPORT – 2015

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Release Report – 2015

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JANE GOODALL PRAISES THE WCPF

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, the Life Patron of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation has published a remarkable blog post on her Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) website. JGI works in over 28 countries all over the world, raising awareness among schoolchildren on all aspects of environmental degradation.

Its mission is to promote understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and to build on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, their founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we share. “We strive to respect, nourish and protect all living things; people, animals and the environment are all interconnected. We believe that knowledge leads to understanding, and that understanding will encourage us to take action. We believe that every individual has the ability to make a positive difference. We believe that flexibility and open-mindedness are essential to enable us to respond to a changing world.”

JANE’S BLOG POST READS

During the few weeks I get to spend at home in England, a slight pause in my endless travels when I hope to catch up with what used to be called paperwork but now, I suppose, should be e-work – I am not usually thrilled to be interrupted by the ring of the telephone. But when I reached for the receiver and heard the distinctive voice of John Hare on the other end of the line, I was thrilled. John had just returned from Mongolia where he goes every August to see how things are going with the work of his organisation, the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF)

I well remember when first I met him, and he told me about his project to save the wild Bactrian Camel in the wilderness of the Gobi Desert. His idea was crazy, and I have always been attracted to crazy, imaginative and passionate people. John is all three. That meeting led to the chapter on John and his work in my book, Hope for Animals and Their World. That was written in 2008, and much has happened since then […]

TO FIND OUT JUST WHAT HAS HAPPENED, PLEASE GO TO:

http://news.janegoodall.org/2015/11/16/good-news-critically-endangered-wild-camel/

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WILD CAMEL RELEASE 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Between September 25th and September 27th 2015, six young wild camel males, bred at the Wild Camel Protection Foundation’s Hunter Hall Wild Camel Breeding Centre near Bayan Tooroi, were released at two separate springs in the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area “A”. The British Ambassador to Mongolia, Catherine Arnold, witnessed the release and was delighted with the outcome. Four wild camels were taken in a truck to Sharhuls Spring and two were taken to Bogd Tsagaanders, about 250 kms and 300kms from Bayan Tooroi. Four of the camels were fitted with satellite collars kindly donated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Remote Sensing Unit) and Professor Liu Shaochuang from the CAS helped to fit them to the wild camels.

The release was a complete success and the four which were collared will be monitored on a regular basis. It is essential that young mature males are released before the start of the breeding season in November otherwise a huge amount of damage is done to property, humans and other wild camels when the young camels fight the alpha male for control of the captive females. In 2013 a camera photo yielded an amazing picture of a released camel which had attracted a mini herd of three wild females.
We are hopeful that the same happy outcome might reoccur thereby putting fresh blood into the wild herds in the Gobi.

Before the release, the six camels had been vaccinated against parasites and rabies and had all been tested to ensure they were all genetically pure. We await the outcome of this successful release with great interest.

The Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the United Kingdom provided funding for the release and to both organisations, the Wild Camel Protection Foundation is extremely grateful.

Anna Jemmett BSc Hons, the WCPF’s communications manager, has written a report on the release which follows after these photographs.

Four wild camels arrive at our camp site near Sharhuls Spring

Four wild camels arrive at our camp site near Sharhuls Spring

Wild camels just before leaving the truck

Wild camels just before leaving the truck

Wild camel about to be released and fitted with a satellite collar

Wild camel about to be released and fitted with a satellite collar

Just after being released

Just after being released

Released young wild camel with the British Ambassador in the background

Released young wild camel with the British Ambassador in the background

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EDUCATIONAL UPDATE

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

The three educational booklets: 1. Why the Wild Camel is Critically Endangered, 2. The Wild Camel Breeding Centre in Mongolia and 3. How the Camel got its Hump, published recently by the WCPF are being used extensively in schools bordering the Lop Nur Wild Camel Nature Reserve in Xinjiang, China and the Strictly Protected Area Gobi “A” in Mongolia which is the prime wild camel habitat in both countries.

Thanks to the generosity of the Xinjiang Environmental Protection Bureau in China and the Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England, sets of the three booklets have been translated and published in Chinese and Mongolian. They are also published in Kazakh and Uighyur thanks again to the Xinjiang Environmental Protection Bureau.

The accompanying photos show graphically the enthusiasm of the school children in both countries for these booklets.

Wild camel booklets for children being used in Chinese schools

Wild camel booklets for children being used in Chinese schools 3

Wild camel booklets for children being used in Chinese schools 2

Mongolian Educational Photo 2

Mongolian Educational Photo

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“WAR CAMEL” AT THE RGS

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

“War” Camel (Gobi) made a surprise appearance at the Royal Geographical Society, London on Tuesday, 23rd November 2014. The evening was organised by Transglobe Environmental Trust (TET) who have twice supported John Hare’s expeditions into the Desert of Lop in China to research the wild camel on behalf of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation.

The evening was a huge success with first-rate speakers including Ed Stafford, Ben Fogle, Robin Hanbury-Tenison and David and Katherine Lowrie speaking to a packed house of over 800. John Hare gave a presentation and a great deal of valuable publicity was gained for WCPF and the wild camel.



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JOHN HARE’S VISIT TO ZAKHYN US

Monday, September 29th, 2014

John Hare made a visit to Zakhyn Us in September 2014 where he assisted a French TV crew in the making of a television documentary and distributed three children’s books, translated into Mongolian, concerning wild camel protection to local schools.

He also checked on the purchase of winter hay for the captive wild camels and the replacement of wooden fence poles with permanent metal ones surrounding the newly enlarged breeding centre which now covers 100 acres.

The Mongolian Ministry of Nature and the Environment awarded him a medal for outstanding contributions to wild camel protection

1. Part of the 2014/15 winter hay at the Wild Camel Breeding Centre at Zakhyn Us, Mongolia. We are fund-raising to purchase the full requirement.

Winter hay at the Wild Camel Breeding Centre at Zakhyn Us

2. The distribution of three booklets on the wild camel for Mongolian school children recently translated by WCPF into Mongolian

The distribution of three booklets on the wild camel for Mongolian school children recently translated by WCPF into Mongolian

3. French TV personnel making a TV documentary about the wild camel

French TV personnel making a TV documentary about the wild camel

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