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Yuan Lei
Xinjiang , China
  • Researcher
  • EDGE Fellow Alumnus
[General description section]
Yuan Lei is our Chinese EDGE Fellow working to conserve the wild Bactrian camel in China. Yuan Lei lives in Urumqi which is a big city that lies in the west of China. He got his Master's degree at Xinjiang University in Nature Geography. Yuan Lei currently works for the Xinjiang Lop Nor Wild Camel National Nature Reserve Center which belongs to Xinjiang Environmental Protection Bureau. Yuan Lei is currently involved with wild camel monitoring in the reserve where he is trying to determine wild camel abundance while assessing the wild camel's habitat and impact of human activity in the reserve. Before he was employed by the reserve, he worked for Xinjiang Environmental Monitoring Center where he mostly focused on environmental monitoring of desert ecosystems.
Xinjiang Lop Nor Wild Camel National Nature Reserve
ZSL, EDGE Fellowship programme: EDGE Fellow Alumni

This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species

Yuan Lei is researching camels and their interaction with humans in the Lop Nur Reserve, north-eastern China.

Relevant species

Fewer than 1,000 of these two-humped camels survive today in one of the most hostile regions on earth.

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Research interests
Wild Camel Research and Protection
Relevant publications
1. Taxihe River Drainage Area Pasture Resource Evaluation and Stock Raising Sustainable Development 1996 , Xinjiang Taxihe River Drainage Area Nature Resource Protection and Sustainable Development utilization , published by Xinjiang science and technology publishing company

2. On the Water-Salt Change of Bosten Lake in Xinjiang, 2002, Lake Science

3. Ecological Environment Analysis and Restoration Methods in Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve, 2007, Xinjiang Environmental Protection

4. The Difference and Evaluation of the Habitat Environment between All the Distribution Areas of the Wild Bactrian Camels, 1999, Biology Diversity

Associated Blog Posts
27th Mar 12
The only true wild camels that still exist are Bactrian camels (Camelus ferus). This species can survive in one of the most hostile environments on Earth, th...  Read

2nd Jul 09
Yuan Lei is an EDGE Fellow working on one of the few remaining wild Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) populations in China. In May he organized a survey ex...  Read

18th May 09
Yuan Lei, one of two EDGE Fellows working on the wild Bactrian camel, tells us here about the environment he encountered during an observation trip in the ba...  Read

4th Dec 08
Yuan Lei, the EDGE Fellow we support to study the Critically Endangered Bactrian camel in China, has been carrying out his usual monitoring surveys in rece...  Read

8th May 08
Yuanlei, our Chinese EDGE Fellow, recently sent us this update of his work on the Critically Endangered Bactrian camel, just before he headed out into the fi...  Read

7th Mar 08
Yuan Lei our Chinese EDGE Fellow has sent us some information on wild Bactrian camel folklore and how camels have played a major role in peoples lives over m...  Read

28th Dec 07
On Christmas Eve, the EDGE team received news from Yuan Lei, our Chinese Bactrian Camel EDGE Fellow about his amazing attempt to rescue an injured wild Bactr...  Read

9th Nov 07
Annanba village was chosen as a good site to interview herdsman as this is the only village in the Akesai county that links to, and therefore may influence t...  Read

8th Nov 07
The last blog following Yuan Lei’s expedition of the Aerjin Mountain Reserve in China ended with Yuan and his team stocking up in the Akesai county for the...  Read

30th Oct 07
The EDGE Team have just received news of our Bactrian camel EDGE Fellow Yuan Lei’s expedition to the Heidaban region in the Aerjin Mountain Reserve in Chin...  Read

24th Sep 07
Last month, Yuan Lei’s preparations for his Bactrian camel research were briefly interrupted as he was invited to the Gansu Anxi Extremely Arid Desert Rese...  Read

11th Sep 07
Yuan Lei is currently preparing to go into the field to begin his research into the main threats facing the wild Bactrian camel population in the Lop Nur Nat...  Read

19th Jun 07
Lop Nur is is a group of small, seasonal salt lakes and marshes between the Taklamakan and Kuruktag deserts in the southeastern portion of Xinjiang Uighur Au...  Read