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A Journey of the Heart to Save the Critically Endangered Wild Bactrian Camels

 

"For a moment in time, the east and west were joined once again on the Silk Road, through the boy from the west and the clan of the east, uniting in a common cause."

从前,一个来自西方的小男孩和一个来自东方的部落,为了共同的目的,使东部和西部再一次的被丝绸之路连接。

 

布莱德沙漠之旅, 关于一个男孩的拯救双峰骆驼的戈壁沙漠之旅,现推出中文版故事录音。
一个在中国大漠发生的鼓舞人心的的探险传说 链接

 

By Dawn Van Zant

 

"Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop was inspired by Bradford Lawless and his courage in facing his battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. He was a warrior.
 

The book is a combination of elements of truth from his real life journey woven into a magical journey of hope. If you believe in fate, then believe this book was meant to be.

This book and product line started with a terminally ill nine year old boy telling me he liked camels, while I was visiting him at Canuck Place Children's Hospice http://www.canuckplace.com. When I asked what he liked about camels, he said " just about everything".  
 

Brad inspired me to research and learn about the last of the true wild camels in existence that have a genetic DNA difference from domestics and feral camels. Their immune system may hold answers to research in arresting diabetes and cancer.
 

I was privileged to encounter desert explorer, John Hare, founder of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (www.wildcamels.com) as I initiated my research. He was then kind enough to send Brad pictures and books about the camels and a new friendship was born.
 

I adopted a new born camel for Brad and he named the young calf "Judy". 
 

Family and friends have generously donated to the foundation, in his memory, in hopes of saving the wild camels and continuing the initial research.  
 

The artist for the book, Alexander Levitas, lives in a Kibbutz in Israel. He appeared one day by magic in my email inbox as an artist looking for freelance work. His artwork was meant for this book and his personal background lends history and empathy to the story.

I believe Brad found him for me, because I wasn't moving fast enough.

 

It is my dream for Brad and his family that through this book, we help to save the vanishing wild camels in the Gobi and continue the valuable research that may result in a possible cure for cancer.  That would be a fitting legacy for a warrior."
Bradford Thomas Lawless 1994-2004 , A Boy who Made a Difference

Read More:
Nine-Year Old Warrior Champions the Cause of the Critically Endangered Wild Bactrian Camel
Brad and the Wild Camels Share a Common Bond, Surviving to tell their Story Against All Odds
 
Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop
Products:

 
Plush Camel: Meet "Judy", a plush, wild Bactrian camel, from the story "Bradford and the Desert of Lop". Branded with a gold moon and star, this soft, cuddly nighttime companion is sure to send children on a magical, sleepy journey with the Sandman. This 14" soft plush toy includes  a neck tag and web site info on The Wild Camel Protection Foundation, a United Kingdom registered charity, with Jane Goodall as its patron. click here

The new line of children's non violent toys and books produced by Wild Heart Ranch empowers children with cancer and brings awareness to the endangered wild Bactrian camel. The wild camels living in the far away Gobi Desert may offer a possible cure for illness based on preliminary research. The book teaches us that, "One small boy with cancer can change the world if you listen."

Meet Judy the real Camel- adopted for Bradford
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Learn more about how  you can adopt a wild camel: www.wildcamels.com



Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop - Hard Cover Children and Family Book
Written by Dawn Van Zant
Illustrated by Alexander Levitas

Follow Brad and the Sandman on their magical journey to the Desert of Lop to learn the secrets of the desert that live in your heart.

Excerpt:

When the Sandman comes to visit you tonight, you need to listen closely as you close your eyes and drift off to sleep. He will tell you a story that you need to know. As he drops the soft grains of sand and dust once carried by the winds of the Gobi desert, you can hear the sand dunes whispering a bedtime story. It is a tale of the magic that lives in the desert, of buried ancient treasures, vanishing wild camels, forgotten people and the courage of a small unlikely warrior destined to be their guardian.

The story tells us of a mysterious waterless land the shape of a crescent moon surrounded by majestic mountains that guard some of the oldest secrets of all time. The land of wind and sun tells the tale of brave explorers, lost cities, and treasures and fossils buried beneath the golden sand.

Once an ancient inland sea, this desert holds the stories and bones of dinosaurs from eighty million years ago. If you let the desert wind dance across your face, you can hear their stories of how they lived and how they vanished.


The yellow brown dust of the Gobi desert is carried in the winds to spread the story of lands once traveled by Marco Polo who witnessed and heard the strange sites and sounds in the desert, the voices of spirits, the sounds of music, and the distant rumble of soldiers marching in the sand. Mysterious musical sounds rise from the vast dunes to welcome the few that dare to venture by.

The great silk road of long ago, once a busy path between east and west has all but vanished and reduced its remains to myth and lore. The bustling streets, wealthy cities full of gold and jewels and forgotten kings lie submerged in the vast desert waiting for the wind to expose them. Some say faithful desert gnomes guard the hidden treasures below.

The winds dance across the desert dunes hiding Mummies of ancient kingdoms as they whisper secrets so old time has forgotten them. Only the tiny grains of round stones know their stories of long ago.

It is a land few have traveled from beginning to end. There are places that man has never seen, where footprints have never been left behind.

The borderlands are filled with vanishing wild animals, harbingers of fate. The last remaining wild camels on earth live in the Desert of Lop, hiding away from the world of man, waiting for a chosen one to tell their story and change their fate.

They search for the one who has courage enough to venture into the blazing heat, face the sand storms, and who can listen to the haunting sounds of the desert and not be afraid.

The wild camels of the desert challenged the winds to travel the world to find him. A powerful dust storm gathered in the Gobi and the cloud found its way to Alaska and then traveled down the coast. The dust circled the planet once before falling from the sky. The tiny grains of sand once walked upon by ancient warriors and kings found their mark.

In a warm bed, an unsuspecting young boy who could only walk in his dreams awaited his destiny. This is the story of Bradford and his journey to the Desert of Lop. It is a story you must know.

Copyright 2004 Dawn Van Zant, Wild Heart Ranch Books

Review:

Roxanne Sailors Taplett, editor, Simple Things,
"Captivating story of Bradford on his mystical Journey
Join Bradford as he journeys to the Desert of Lop, with the Sandman, the wild camels and the Uighurs. I enjoyed this book very much, was fascinated by the descriptive story of a young boy battling cancer, who one night leaves with the Sandman on a journey to the desert, rides the wild camels, sees secrets of the desert and is led to the home of the Uighurs, a band of people living near the Desert of Lop. This is an inspirational read for children with disabilities, and offers information on the desert and wild camels. Highly recommended."

WILD CAMEL PROTECTION FOUNDATION

The Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), a UK based charitable foundation with Jane Goodall as its patron, was established in 1997 specifically to protect the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel in its pristine desert environment in the Gobi deserts of China and Mongolia.
Its outstanding achievement is to have raised finances and persuaded the Chinese government to establish a 150,000 square kilometer national Nature Reserve to protect the wild Bactrian camel in Lop Nur, the former nuclear test area of China. The wild Bactrian camel survives in this harsh environment on a salt-water slush that no other mammal can tolerate. In addition, the wild Bactrian camel has survived over 40 atmospheric nuclear tests and current scientific research is showing that it has a base genetic make-up which varies from the domestic Bactrian camel by as much as 3 per cent.

Other achievements of the WCPF have been the organizing of a meeting between the Vice-Ministers of the Environment of the Governments of China and Mongolia, which resulted in the signing of an agreement by both countries to cooperate in wild Bactrian camel protection. In addition, the WCPF is currently involved in establishing a captive wild Bactrian camel breeding program near the Great Gobi Reserve A, a protected area in Mongolia. This program had the full backing of the Mongolian government. It is vital as there are only 15 wild Bactrian camels in captivity out of as total of under 800 in the wild.

The WCPF has raised over $250,000 from international trusts and companies and is constantly striving to raise additional finance. In 1999, the National Geographic Society and the Royal Geographical Society financed a WCPF expedition into the Chinese Gobi to survey the wild Bactrian camel population. This resulted in a sighting of 169 wild camels, an enormous achievement.

An environmental, awareness-raising educational program linked to the new Reserve and Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots scheme in China and Mongolia has produced awareness-raising booklets both in local languages for schools and adults in both countries and this program is constantly expanding.

Further details of the work of the WCPF, contact:

John Hare, Founder
The Wild Camel Protection Foundation
School Farm, Benenden, Kent, TN17 4EU England
Tel: 44 (0) 1580 241 132 Fax: 44 (0)1580 240 960
E-mail: harecamel@aol.com web: http://wildcamels.com

 

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