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Sep
29th

JOHN HARE’S VISIT TO ZAKHYN US

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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Sep
12th

CAMEL RACE DAY, 7th SEPTEMBER 2014

The Camel Race Day at Hole Park Rolvenden, Kent, UK on 7th September 2014 was a great success. In superlative weather, almost 5,000 people attended the event and witnessed Mongolian wrestling, throat singing and a musical programme by the group, “Nomadic Tune”. A display by “War” Camel, a life-size camel puppet designed by one of the designers of War Horse and built by sculptress, Louise Thomas, delighted the onlookers. So much so that it was called on to make a second appearance. The Mongolian Ambassador, to the United Kingdom attended together with many officials from the Mongolian Embassy.

Six races were undertaken on Joseph’s Amazing Camels, a mixture of Dromedaries and Bactrians, and were all keenly contested. No one fell off and the large crowd thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle. All the funds raised will be put toward buying hay for the captive wild camels at the Hunter Hall Wild Camel Breeding Centre in Mongolia, the only country apart from China where the wild camel is kept in captivity.

Camel Race Day

Camel Race Day

Camel Race Day

Camel Race Day

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Jul
10th

CREATING “WAR CAMEL” FOR THE RACES

Talented sculptress Louise Thomas with the help of a designer from the famous stage production of War Horse is creating a “War Camel” puppet for us for our fund-raising Camel Race Day on 7th September at Hole Park, Kent. See the two brilliantly conceived designs. Who knows? Our “war camel” may defeat the real racing camels and be first past the winning post.

War Camel in the making

War Camel in the making

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Dec
02nd

WILD CAMEL RELEASE: LATEST UPDATE

One of the wild bull camels released in September has been spotted by a ranger together with 4 wild female camels. He is showing signs of “rutting” behaviour as it is the beginning of the wild camel breeding season. This news that he has survived the release from our breeding centre at Zakhyn Us and gathered round him a small harem of female camels is excellent news.

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Oct
08th

INTERNATIONAL WILD CAMEL PROTECTION AND RESEARCH CENTRE

An International Wild Camel Protection and Research Centre has been built 200 kilometers from Dun Huang in Gansu Province. This initiative has been supported by Professor Liu Shaochang of the Institute of Remote Sensing, Chinese Academy of Sciences and will serve as an international forum for scientists and wild camel experts. A growing threat to the wild camel in its heartland, the Aqike Valley, is the growing number of Chinese tourists who enter the desert and do not stick to recognised tracks. The Centre also serves as a check-point to stop tourists who have not paid the required fee from entering the desert.




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Oct
08th

RELEASE OF WILD CAMELS BACK INTO THE GOBI DESERT

On September 20th 2013, the first release took place of wild camels back into the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Two adult bull camels were released at Bogts Tsagaan Ders water point in the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area ‘A’, the habitat of the wild camel in Mongolia. Before the release the two bull camels were collared for remote sensing by Professor Liu Shaochuang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Remote Sensing. This cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences is to be greatly welcomed and is a positive result of the initiative in 2000 by the WCPF in obtaining a Letter of Intent from both the Mongolian and Chinese governments to work jointly to protect the critically endangered wild camel.
























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Mar
19th

JANE RUNS AGAIN FOR THE WILD CAMELS

Jane McMorland Hunter, a Patron of the WCPF, is running once again to raise money for the wild camels. This time it is: The Edinburgh Coast Run on Sunday 26th May 2013.


Quote from Jane, ‘I shall be wearing a Wild Camel running shirt and may run with a toy camel – it all depends how well the toy’s training goes, so far, mine is going better!’
Please support Jane. All donations can be made by pressing the DONATE button on the HOME page and donating through Paypal or send a cheque made out to the Wild Camel Protection Foundation and post to:

Jane McMorland Hunter, 19 Varna Road, London SW6 7LB, United Kingdom.

All the money Jane raises goes to support the wild camels.



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Feb
04th

GOLDEN JOURNEY- camels raise funds for wild camels at the Opera House

On Sunday 27th January 2013, at the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House, London) a performance was enacted of the Golden Journey – a dramatised history of the Silk Road – in aid of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation. It was presented in front of a full house, who experienced beautifully narrated historical dramas relating how silk was smuggled out of China and the incredible real life stories of Xuan Zang, Ghengis Khan, Kubla Khan and Marco Polo.

The finale recounted the story of the WCPF’s mission to save the critically endangered wild camel from extinction and some of John Hare’s hazardous adventures in the Chinese Gobi, which culminated in the establishment of the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve in Xinjiang Province, China.

However, the real stars of the evening were the Countess of Chichester’s two Bactrian camels, Therese and Temujin who had travelled all the way from Salisbury and stole the show with their impeccable on-stage behaviour. A full house thoroughly appreciated the production, which was devised and written by the Countess of Chichester, (WCPF patron), who was the source and inspiration behind the evening’s great success. The co-producer was the highly efficient Danny Wyler.

The many distinguished narrators and actors, the dancers, musicians, the production staff and all the stage hands gave their time and effort completely free. Rio Tinto, whose ethical mining policy is supporting wildlife and environmental protection both in Mongolia and China, generously co-sponsored the production. The evening, which included a Chinese banquet, was a great success and raised much needed funds for the WCPF.

WCPF sends a huge vote of thanks to all who were involved.

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Dec
11th

GOLDEN JOURNEY – Legends of the Silk Road.

On Sunday Evening, 27th January, 2013 in The Linbury Theatre at The Royal Opera House, London we will  travel to far away places, through time, on a Golden Journey.

Creating an atmosphere that evokes its colourful past, this Golden Journey takes us through the centuries along the fabled Silk Road. Celebrated actors, in the age-old tradition of that route, will tell us stories; legends and histories that bring us exotic characters, redolent of romance, of bravery and of adventure, enhanced by authentic, haunting music and mesmerising dance. At times beautiful live animals will grace the stage as we follow the fascinating road from its distant past until today.

The Golden Journey is being performed to help the Wild Camel Protection Foundation. The critically endangered Wild Camel has managed to survive and overcome insuperable odds through courage and ingenuity.

The mysteries of his survival and the safe guarding of his environment are vitally important to mankind. 

The WCPF not only protects this animal but has initiated a vital educational programme with the Chinese and Mongolian Governments to educate the people bordering the desert so they understand the importance of sustaining their unique eco-system – the habitat of the Wild Camel.

After the journey, and still in the Royal Opera House, there will be a superb Chinese dinner. 


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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS STUNNING EVENT AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE (Linbury Theatre) 

PLEASE CONTACT:

TELEPHONE:   00 44(0)1722 782210 

EMAIL:  goldenjourney@jchich.co.uk


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Nov
16th

John Hare’s visit to CHINA and MONGOLIA October 2012

I visited Mongolia and China for three weeks in October 2012. I travelled to the Hunter Hall Wild Camel Breeding Centre in Mongolia and found the captive wild camels to be in excellent condition. The whole area had been cleaned of droppings, the fence had been repaired, a new building for accommodation and meetings had been well constructed and the whole area looked to be under sound management. This is a tribute to Mijjidorj, the former director of Gobi Specially Protected Area “A” which is adjacent to the Centre and his successor Gotov. The new management structure is clearly a vast improvement on the old.

In China I had discussions with WCPF Trustee, Yuan Lei and the staff at the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve about the wild camel educational programme, which they fully support. We are now waiting their costings for the educational materials in Chinese, Kazakh, Mongolian and Uighur.  Unfortunately, we were not successful in our application to Prince Albert’s Fund for additional funding for our education programme for adults and children living in proximity to the wild camel reserves in China and Mongolia. We do have $10,000 from the Mohammed bin Zayed Trust and I have written with the Chinese National Nature Reserve management staff material for four DVD’s and booklets which the Reserve Head office in China is now costing to print and produce locally. The more funding we obtain, the greater the impact will be in both China and Mongolia. Given these countries are now doing well economically we are keen to encourage locals stewardship and support for the wild camels through in-country education remembering that is also very important as development, especially mining, is rampant in both countries and has a negative impact on the wild camel habitat.

In Beijing I met the Professor Liu, the Chinese Director of the Remote Sensing Unit of the Chinese Academy of Sciences who has offered to collar and fund the wild camel release programme in Mongolia. He has already collared and successfully released nine camels in the Chinese Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve and his generous proposal is fully in accord with the Letter of Intent, signed by both Chinese and Mongolian environment vice Ministers in 2000 at a workshop in Beijing organised by the WCPF. I put the proposal to the Mongolian Ministry of Nature and we are waiting to hear their decision. Gotov is following up on this.



John Hare
Founder, Wild Camel Protection Foundation

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