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Project information

[Project name/title]
Wild Bactrian Camel Breeding Centre at Zakhyn Us, Bayan Toroi, Mongolia

[Project description/overview]


Project type:

Relevant EDGE species:
Bactrian Camel (Camelus ferus)

Project members:
Wild Camel Protection Foundation

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]
The aim of this project is to maintain a captive herd of wild Bactrian camels should the populations become extinct in the wild.
Project summary
In Xinjiang Province in north-west China, the wild Bactrian camel population has been steadily decreasing. In Mongolia the population is just holding its own and therefore in 2003, the WCPF decided to establish with the agreement and assistance of the Mongolian Ministry of Nature and the Environment, a captive wild Bactrian camel breeding centre at Zakhyn Us, Bayan Toroi, Mongolia. The centre lies within the buffer zone of the Great Gobi Specially Protected Area 'A' where the wild Bactrian camel survives in Mongolia. The aim is to maintain a captive herd of wild Bactrian camels should the populations become extinct in the wild.

The breeding programme has been successful and the WCPF is working closely with ZSL to develop a Management Plan for the breeding centre, which will encompass a release programme undertaken over a period of years. This is part of the programme of co-operation WCPF has agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ZSL. This release programme, with the agreement of both the Chinese and Mongolian authorities, would release wild Bactrian camels into areas which had formerly been wild Bactrian camel habitat.

In addition, the WCPF, with ZSL assistance, has established the only existing International Stud Book for the wild Bactrian camel.
Project members

The Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), is an international organisation devoted solely to the protection of the wild Bactrian camel

[Member role description]
Project partners
Zoological Society of London
[Title:] Camels at Zakhyn Us
[Image caption]
Camelus bactrianus
[Title:] Bactrian Camel
[Image caption]
Camelus bactrianus
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

12th Jan 09
We have just received the following appeal from John Hare at the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, with whom we work for the conservation of the Bactrian cam...  Read