John Hare is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club of America. As well as living and working in Africa for many years, he has made several expeditions to the Mongolian Gobi and China's remote Xinjiang Province. He was the first foreigner to be invited to visit Lop Nur for over 45 years and the first foreigner in recorded history to cross the Gashun Gobi from north to south. In 1997 he founded the Wild Camel Protection Foundation and, with Chinese colleagues, established a 175,000 square kilometre Nature Reserve in Mongolia for the wild Bactrian camel. He is the author of 'The Lost Camels of Tartary' and 'Shadows across the Sahara'.
"'[a] terrific story of wild camels, Kazakh migrations, ancient mummies, lost cities, gold miners and oil speculators. 'Mysteries of the Gobi' is an exciting and important account of modern-day exploration, revealing much about the past and future of this extraordinary region.' -- Ranulph Fiennes 'This is just a fantastic piece of writing. It's travel-writing, it's story-telling, it's a camp-fire tale of memorable characters and unforgettable places, packed with thrills and spills. This is an adventure story - and this is what will surely grab you - every word of it is true...' -- Matthew Parris" "Hare brings all this, and more, to life, in a book that reprises and updates his previous one, 'the Lost Camels of Tartary.'He has an infectious eagerness to go beyond what is practical and sensible in pursuit of his aims. Accompanied by a cast of well-portrayed experts, he sees the austere beauty of these remote regions." 'A brilliant addition to studies of exploration, the wilderness and conservation. [John Hare] brings exploration up to date with commitment to a noble cause: to search for, record and save one of the world's most extraordinary animals, the wild camel. A wonderful read.' - John Man, 'Literary Review'. 'Hare s compelling account of his expedition to the remote Chinese desert is part travelogue, part natural history. The author s excitement and enthusiasm for a hostile, unexplored and partly unmapped territory is infectious, perhaps because his experience is so far removed from that of most travellers. Descriptions of the people he meets along the way bring the journey to life;' - Emmanuelle Smith, 'Financial Times'.