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Project information

[Project name/title]
Conservation of the Wild Bactrian Camel in China

[Project description/overview]

Xinjiang , China

Project type:

Relevant EDGE species:
Bactrian Camel (Camelus ferus)

Project members:
Yuan Lei

Relevant species
13. Bactrian Camel (Camelus ferus) CR

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

[Relevance description]
Researching the status of the wild Bactrian camel in the Lop Nor and Arjin mountain area and developing a conservation action plan for this species in China
Project summary
Nearly half of all wild Bactrian camels are distributed in the Lop Nor and Arjin mountain area in Xinjiang ,China. Thorough research and surveys are needed in those areas to estimate camel abundance and elucidate specific threatening processes such as the impact of agriculture, herdsmen and other anthropogenic forces. Results from this project will contribute to a conservation action plan for this species in China.
Start date: 12/07/07
Duration: One year
Project members
Yuan Lei : EDGE Fellow

Yuan Lei is working to conserve wild Bactrian camels in China

[Member role description]
Other key species
Kiang (Equus kiang) and Goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa).
[Title:] species
[Image caption]
Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus)
[Title:] Bactrian Camels
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Wild camel in Kumutage desert
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

[Title:] Bactrian Camels
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Three wild camels in Arjin mountain
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Kiang (Equus kiang)
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Goitered gazelle(Gazella subgutturosa)