Here at Knowsley Safari, we’re proud to announce our support for the incredible work done by the Wild Camel Protection Foundation! Camels are one of the world’s most easily recognisable animals, with only two subspecies – the single-humped ‘Dromedary’ camel, which is now extinct in the wild, and the two-humped Bactrian camel.
WCPF is the only charity in the world dedicated to the Bactrian camel, a species that has been classified as Critically Endangered and placed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. There are currently only four recorded populations of these amazingly rare animals across their native homelands of China and Mongolia, and wild populations are facing a decimation of up to 80% in the next 50 years alone!
We kick started our efforts to aid the charity in May 2016, as staff at Knowsley Safari took park in the Park to Peak cycling event. Travelling 56 miles across the Trans Pennine trail from the Safari gates to Crag Hall, further than two back to back marathons, our amazing team donated £700 to the charity’s cause – but that’s just the beginning!
The Wild Camel Protection Foundation have set out on the mission to save this remarkable creature and its fragile and unique habitat in the Gobi and Gashun Gobi deserts. The goal is to protect and build upon the only 1400 wild Bactrian camels currently living in Central and Northern Asia. Central to this effort has been the establishment of a captive wild camel breeding programme in a centre in Mongolia. Not only does this location provide a unique opportunity to study this under-researched species, the captive population is a safeguard against the extinction of the wild camel. Camels bred at the centre may also be released into the wild, to bolster the population. Two bull camels were successfully released in 2013.
There’s still time to save the Bactrian camel from extinction in the wild. You can learn more about the amazing work undertaken by the Wild Camel Protection Foundation here, or join us for a night of danger, humour and overwhelming success as John Hare of the WCPF joins us for a talk on his efforts to preserve this incredible species at Evening with an Explorer at Knowsley Hall.