Twenty-five years ago, John Hare set out to save and protect the wild camel (which in 2002 was listed as a critically endangered mammal), a new and separate species living in three separated habitats in China and one in Mongolia. He was an inspiration to many with his quiet determination and refusal to accept defeat. His expeditions into the Chinese Gobi Desert with the eminent zoologist Professor Yuan Goying and his son Yuan Lei laid the foundation for the establishment of the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve, to protect the remnant wild camel population in China.
In Mongolia, John Hare travelled with wild camel expert and zoologist Dr Adiya Yadamsuren. These expeditions lead to the establishment of the first Wild Camel Breeding Centre in the buffer zone of the Great Gobi SPA National Reserve, the home of the remnant wild camel population in Mongolia. Its success means we plan to build a second breeding centre this year in Mongolia at Toli Bulag.
We want to build this second breeding centre in memory of John Hare, explorer, author, conservationist and co-founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation who discovered this lost herd of wild camels in the Gobi Desert. With your kind donations, we will honour this last wish.