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 field to collect more data to help conserve this remarkable species. I am working in Xinjiang Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve. The reserve is very large, covering […]
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 many years. Here is what he sent: Kazak people regard the camel as a “totem”- when they need to move from one place to another because of […]
Our Mongolian EDGE Fellow Adiya has just sent us a blog on the project he has been working on in collaboration with researchers from the Denver Zoo and The Wilds, USA. As there is very little known about wild Bactrian camels, studies into home range patterns and habitat use are of great importance to understand their habitat requirements and […]
There are approximately 450 wild Bactrian camels in the Mongolian Great Gobi Reserve A south of Bayan Toroi and approximately 650 additional camels further south in Xinjiang Province, China, living in three isolated and separated pockets. The wild Bactrian camel is an incredible creature that lives in one of the world’s harshest environments and in […]
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, the Gobi desert of Mongolia, withstanding long periods of drought, starvation and even radiation from nuclear weapons testing. The ancestors of the true camels migrated to Asia about […]
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