Wild Camel Protection Foundation

Wild Camel Protection Foundation

Charity information

Wild Camel Protection Foundation

The Wild Camel Protection Foundation was established in 1997 to protect the critically endangered wild camel from extinction and to protect its unique, pristine desert habitat in the Gobi desert.

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    The Wild Camel Protection Foundation was established to save from extinction and conserve the ICUN listed critically endangered wild camel (Camelus ferus) and its unique desert habitat in Mongolia and north west Xinjiang Province in China.

    The Veterinary University of Vienna identified the wild camel as a new and separate species of camel in 2008. There are less than 1,000 in the wild, 550 in China and 350 in western Mongolia.

    Threats: Legal mining within their habitat
    Illegal mining destroying and poisoning their habitat
    Hunting by miners who shot or blow them up for food
    In Mongolia - wolves
    Desertification and the drying up of water points
    Destruction of migrating routes
    We work with the national environmental Ministries in China and Mongolia to provide educational materials to educate schools and communities local to where the wild camel habitat lives so they understand how to protect this critically endangered animal and its unique desert habitat.

    In 2002 we funded and established with the Chinese government one of the largest sanctuaries in the world, the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve in what was until 1979, China's nuclear test area.

    In 2004 the Wild Camel Protection Foundation established a breeding centre in Mongolia and is now releasing camels bred at the Centre into the wild. We started with 12, we now have 28. This project is fully supported by the Mongolian Government and is the only place in the world where the wild camel is kept in captivity.

  • Aims

    Wild Camel Protection Foundation aims to:

    • To save the critically endangered wild double-humped camel in China and Mongolia from extinction together with its unique desert habitat.
  • Overview

    Established: October 1997

    Registered Charity Number: 1068706

    Board members: 1

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 1

    Phone number: 01580 241132

    Address: School Farm Benenden Kent TN17 4EU

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  • Wild Camel Education Project

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