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During the routine inspection conducted by the staff of Dunhuang West Lake National Nature Reserve in Gansu Province on Feb,25th , a group of 31 wild camels in the Shule section of the reserve met by accident.
Dunhuang West Lake National Nature Reserve is adjacent to the Kumtag Desert and Lop Nur in Xinjiang. It is located in the eastern part of China's wild camel habitat. Seasonal wetlands and desert vegetation are relatively abundant while freshwater resources are scarce. Since the establishment of the reserve, with the strict protection and management and the improvement of the ecological environment, the large population of over 30 wild camels have appeared frequently in Dunhuang West Lake National Nature Reserve, and the scope of activities has been further expanded.
Gansu Dunhuang West Lake National Nature Reserve Administration said that this large wild camel group was a complete breeding herd located in Dunhuang, West Lake, Shule River, which is also the first record of the large population of wild camel in the area .
Dunhuang West Lake section of Shule river has been dry for a long time. In the past, there were only a few salty-alkaline water excreted in some river courses, and only 1-2 wild camels lived in the area. Since 2012, all levels of government and water conservancy departments have made initial success in implementing the series of "Overall Planning for Rational Utilization of Water Resources and Ecological Protection in Dunhuang City" with the goal of saving water resources, restoring the West Lake wetland in Dunhuang, and protecting the Dunhuang Oasis. In the autumn of 2017, The discharge of shule river water to downstream and the formation of several freshwater lakes of various sizes within the reserve have revived the Shule River tail and provided the basic conditions for wildlife such as wild camels to inhabit.