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The Lost Camels of Tartary

A Quest Into Forbidden China

John Hare

Published by Abacus

£10.99 / $15.08 / 110.87 TL
($/TL approx)

Paperback, 240pp, reprinted 2015 (first published 1998)
Book Description

The Lost Camels of Tartary tells the remarkable story of John Hare’s four journeys into the hostile environment of the Mongolian Gobi and Gashun Gobi deserts, searching for evidence of the survival of the wild Bactrian camel, one of the world’s rarest animals.

Entrusting his life to a colourful cast of companions - an unreformed poacher and a murderous driver among them - he braves bandit attacks, ferocious sandstorms and a missing caravan of domestic camels, shares a wild camel’s first few hours, tracks the equally endangered Gobi bear and happens upon Tu-Ying, ancient outpost of the lost city of Lou Lan. In the process, Hare and his team of scientists brought worldwide attention to the plight of the Bactrian camel, and persuaded the Chinese authorities to establish a 107,000-square-kilometre nature sanctuary in a former nuclear test area to save the camels from illegal hunting and mining.

A compelling account of desert adventure and wildlife conservation in one of the world’s last great wilderness, The Lost Camels of Tartary is a classic record of modern-day exploration.

Reviews for The Lost Camels of Tartary

‘This terrific tale, with its happy ending… serves a wider purpose… To ensure the survival of a large, rare species of mammal also protects the area as a whole.’
Literary Review

‘One of those quests that sounds preposterous but which becomes increasingly compelling thanks to the strengths of Hare’s exuberant narrative.’
Times Educational Supplement

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