Itinerary #CamelQuest

11-Sep Drive to Bayankhongor
12-Sep Bayankhongor to Bayan Tooroi
13-Sep Arrival at the camel breeding center
14-Sep Camel track
15-Sep Camel track
16-Sep Camel track
17-Sep Camel track
18-Sep Camel track
19-Sep Bayan Tooroi to Bayankhongor
20-Sep Bayankhongor to Ulaanbaatar


Vanmiddag zag ik hoe een man een vrouw aan haar haren een auto in probeerde te sleuren. Het gebeurde op een modderig weggetje tussen de karaokebars en de appartementsgebouwen vlak bij mijn hotel, midden in de stad. Het was er rustig, weg van het drukke verkeer van de grote boulevards. Een oude man met maar één zichtbare tand hing uit zijn raam en keek geamuseerd toe. Lees verder

A Camel Quest

Gobi desertIn September, four German camel experts, one Mongolian nomad, a bunch of camels and I, a Dutch radio journalist, will embark on a journey through the Gobi desert. The camel experts – all women – are on a quest: they are hoping to save the critically endangered wild camel, of which there are only about 1200 individuals left, from extinction. The women will study the threats that the wild camels are facing and hope to meet some of the local nomads who could play a crucial role in the survival of the species.
And I? I will tag along and make a radio documentary about their adventures.

I must admit that I had never been particularly interested in camels before. I didn’t even know that wild camels existed. It had just never come to mind, let alone that I knew that they are an endangered species. But this all changed when I met Birgit Dörges, a behavioral scientist who talks with so much love about the camels that she has studied as other people would talk about their children. Lees verder