JOHN HARE O.B.E.
In 1993, John took advantage of a chance offer from a Russian scientific team to research the status of the Wild Camel in Mongolia – the 8th most endangered large mammal in the world. The following year he received permission to enter the former nuclear test site of China where the Wild Camel survives. No foreigner had been allowed to enter this vast salt water desert for 45 years. It is here that the Wild Camel, having survived 43 atmospheric nuclear tests, is also able to tolerate salt water with a higher salt content than sea water.)
In 1997, with Kathryn Rae, John Hare founded the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, The foundation established the 155,000 square kilometre Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve in Xinjiang Province in the former nuclear test site. The WCPF became responsible for helping the Chinese to establish one of the largest nature reserves in the world, protecting not only the Wild Camel but many other IUCN Red Book listed endangered fauna and flora. John Hare is the sole international consultant for the Reserve.