John Hare FRGS, explorer, conservationist and
author, perhaps best-known for his work for the Wild Camel Protection Foundation,
spoke to the 6.2s on Friday October 2nd as part of their weekly
He gave a fascinating account on the theme of ‘The
Mysteries of the Gobi Desert’ in China, a place where few foreigners have visited:
including his setting-up in 2002 of the Lop Nur Nature Reserve, nearly the size
of Texas, for the Wild Mongolian Camel – of which there are only 600 left – all
located in this remote area. Mr Hare also showed striking pictures of the amazingly-preserved,
probably Celtic, mummified human remains, dating from 1,800 BC, he discovered
in the region.
He was able to communicate to his audience not only
just how arduous exploring in this uninhabited, waterless landscape could be –
but just how special these wild camels were: able to survive in extreme
temperatures and in a desolate region where fresh water is non-existent – hence
the absence of human inhabitants. These camels are all the more remarkable,
given that they are able to survive and prosper in an area which was formerly China’s
nuclear testing zone.
There were a number of questions from the 6.2s present;
Felix Barbour then thanked Mr Hare, pictured below with JSM, for his compelling insights.