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Species of the Week: Bactrian Camel

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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Which habitats do wild camels prefer?

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 expedition which aimed to identify which habitats are most important for wild camels. The team spent 14 days in the desert in north-eastern China, and covered areas including [...]

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Hay crisis at Zakhyn-Us camel breeding centre

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 camel, EDGE mammal priority number 8: In 2003, the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) approached the Mongolian government to see if it were possible to be given a site [...]

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Wild camel surveys in China

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 recent months, but has also succeeded in surveying a rather inhospitable part of the Lop Nur National Nature Reserve – the Kumutage sand desert. One of the eight biggest sand [...]

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Four Bactrian camel calves born

Earlier this year our Mongolian EDGE Fellow working on the Bactrian camel, Adiya, and John Hare from the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) visited the Zakhyn Us captive breeding centre. John sent us this update on the captive breeding programme: There were four successful births to the wild Bactrian camels at their captive breeding site [...]

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