Parco Natura Viva is engaged in the Bactrian camel conservation project in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London – ZSL, one of the largest institutions in the world dealing with nature conservation. The Zoological Society of London has been operating in Mongolia for a decade, reaching a favourable position to contribute to the protection of this symbolic species. In 2013, ZSL and the Mongolian Institution of Biology set up the camel protection action plan for the Mongolian Government. Currently, there is no biodiversity monitoring programme for critically endangered species in the Gobi Desert, so the project aims to start a long-term wild camel monitoring project using camera traps and developing new technologies to establish behaviours and threats of wild camels and interactions with other species.
This project is part of the wider ZSL Gobi landscape programme that involves the training of rangers and the involvement and education of local communities. These are fundamental for the protection of one of the most threatened species in the world in such a fragile and unique ecosystem.