Donation campaign organized to save wild Bactrian camels

2016-09-06 13:47:44

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A donation campaign was organized on September 4 by John Hare, head of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) in Kent Country, the UK with an aim to support a center for saving wild camels in a reserved area of Mongolian Gobi.

Money earned from the charity will be exploited for helping wild camels in Mongolia overcome severe winter and providing them with hay and fodder.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the UK N.Tulga made the opening remarks at the campaign which attracted representatives of the Union of Mongolians in UK, Mongolians from London, Manchester and Nottingham.

During the event, a concert, wrestling competition and race of Mongolian Bactrian and Arab camels were organized. In addition, Mongolians in the UK offered guests with Mongolian cuisine.

The WCPF, a United Kingdom registered charity, with Dr. Jane Goodall DBE as its Honorary Life Patron, was established in 1997. It is also registered in the USA as a non-profit organization.

The WCPF’s sole aim is to protect the critically endangered wild camel (Camelus ferus) and its habitat in the fragile and unique desert ecosystems in the Gobi desert in north-west China and south-west Mongolia. It is the only charitable environmental Foundation in the world which has this exclusive objective.

The WCPF has raised funds from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and from international organizations, private foundations, individuals, companies and dedicated WCPF members. The WCPF is continuously fund-raising and organizing activities to raise much needed funds to continue its vital work.

With support from the Mongolian Ministry of Environment, the WCPF established a wild camel breeding center in 2002 together with the Mongolian Commission for Endangered Species (MCES) and carries out actions to augment the wild camel population.