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Rosa Completes her Great Walk

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Rosa Nielsen

Rosa Nielsen

Rosa Nielsen, the Bactrian camel keeper from Copenhagen Zoo, has successfully completed her month-long walk from Saint Pied de Prot in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She raised the magnificent total of £2,200 for the wild camels in Mongolia.

The Wild Camel Protection Foundation is deeply grateful to Rosa and to Bengt Holst the Director of the Copenhagen Zoo for allowing Rosa to undertake this fund-raising pilgrimage for the wild camels.

THANK YOU, ROSA AND WELL DONE

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A Close Shave for the Wild Camels – Donate

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Miles Price, a 21-year-old camel keeper working at Hobbledown in Surrey where he has been looking after two Bactrian camels is shaving off his hair on May 19th to coincide with the Bactrian camels shedding their extensive winter coat. Miles is taking this drastic action to raise funds for the wild camel and we are very grateful to him for his initiative.

Please support Mark by making a donation on our website to the work of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation. Mark joins Rosa Neilsen from Copenhagen Zoo who is walking to Compostela for the wild camels. She is less than a 100 kms from her goal and has already raised over £1200. Will YOU help her to reach her target of £1500 and respond to Miles’s dramatic spring moult?

PLEASE SUPPORT MILES BY DONATING TOWARDS HIS CLOSE SHAVE FOR THE WILD CAMELS





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Rosa's Wild Camel Walk to Compostela – DONATE

Monday, March 5th, 2018

In April 2018, Rosa Nielson who looks after Bactrian camels at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark is walking from Saint Pied de Prot in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to raise money for the wild camels. The length of her journey is 800 kms and she intends to walk 26 kms each day. It will take her 30 days and she plans to walk during the whole month of April reaching Compostela in early May.

All the money she raises will go directly to WCPF work at our breeding centre in Mongolia and this is a MAGNIFICENT UNDERTAKING on the part of Rosa and the Director of Copenhagen Zoo for which we are deeply grateful.

Details of her walk are:

Our Spanish colleague Alejandro Llop will be meeting her at these points to keep us posted on the progress of her journey and to take photographs.

PLEASE SUPPORT ROSA BY DONATING TOWARDS HER MAGNIFICENT WALK FOR THE WILD CAMELS





 
 

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Camel Day a Huge Success

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The Camel and Mongolian Day held at Buscot Park on Sunday 16th July was a great success. 300 people had a buffet lunch at 12.00pm in a magnificent and well furnished Bedouin tent. The day began promptly at 2.00pm and was opened by the Mongolian Embassy’s Minister-Counsellor and DHM, Mr. Odonjil Banzragch. Wrestling, an amazing camel dressage display, a tug-of-war, a display of birds of prey and finally an archery contest between Mongolia and England completed the programme. Over 100 Mongolians were present, many in colourful national dress and approximately 2,500 people attended the historic event in the magnificent surroundings of Buscot Park. This was WCPF’s sixth Camel Day and the best yet.

Matthew Parris wrote in The Times:

“It was,” I might begin, “a sunny Sunday afternoon in beautiful Buscot Park in rural Oxfordshire” — and you my readers would be primed to expect a passage of bucolic prose about the joys of English parkland graced by an English stately home in an English summer. This scene, however, was very different. Two quite extraordinary Bactrian camels, their vertiginous humps swaying, mounted by two women in colourful Mongolian costume, pranced, cantered and galloped around an arena while hundreds of spectators seated on straw bales watched in amazement. “My goodness,” gasped an obvious equestrian expert, “that’s a half pass. I didn’t know camels could do that!”There was Mongolian food, Mongolian wrestling and a Britain v Mongolia tug of war. There were falconers and trained Asian birds of prey swooping and diving. Virtually the entire Mongolian embassy had motored up from London for this, a “Camels Day” at Buscot.I’ve long been a supporter of the Wild Camels Protection Foundation, and this spectacular fundraiser had been organised in honour of John Hare, who (with much help now from the Chinese and Mongolian governments) saved wild camels from extinction in the Gobi desert. He has just received the OBE.I stroked the cleft lips and velvety noses of two fine camels, patted four humps, and left with happy memories and a camel-themed sweatshirt.

 

Camel Day photos © copyright Alejandro Llop

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Latest News from China

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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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Camel and Mongolian Day Preview

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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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Gobi Desert: Wild Camels: Nuclear Tests

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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

Fairlight Hall
Martineau Lane
Fairlight
Nr Hastings
East Sussex, TN35 5DR

Tel: +44 (0)1424 814132
Fax: +44 (0)1424 814873

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Agreement with German Camel Organisation

Friday, January 20th, 2017

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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Wild Camel News from China

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

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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Camel Race Day 2016 Report

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

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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