The Yak-Camel Foundation was founded in 1992 by

Prof. h.c. mult. Dr. Dr. Jürgen H. Lensch (1925-2011)


It is a sentential foundation of the German civil law and is based in D-25361 KREMPE / Holstein. 




The object of the foundation is the advancement of science.

The foundation's purpose is carried into effect by the scientific documentation of the domesticated yak dwelling in the mountainous regions of Asia (approx. 15 million), the endangered wild yak (approx. 15.000) as well as the bactrian mountain camel (approx. 600 000) and the endangered wild mountain camel (approx. 300-800).
Particularly questions of husbandry, crossbreeding and health need to be taken into consideration, as in the high plains of Central Asia (at a height of 2500 - 6000 metres in an area of approximately 119 million hectares) human life is made possible solely through the existence of these two species.
They provide physical working power, milk, meat, clothing and thermic energy by way of dried dung.


Focal points of the foundation are among other things:
        1. Awarding of research grants
        2. Awarding of doctoral candidate grants
        3. Realisation of scientific symposia

The foundation is altruistic, with a solely and directly nonprofit-making objective.

                  Board of Directors

Prof. e.h. (RC) Dr. Horst Geilhausen (chairman)
D-51429 Bergisch Gladbach

Bankdirektor a. D. Reinhold Schack (vice chairman)
D-25524 Itzehoe

Prof. Dr. Georg Erhardt (secretary)

D-35415 Pohlheim       

Dr. Pamela Burger 
A-1160 Wien            

Studiendirektor a. D. Gottfried Hentsch 

D-38304 Wolfenbüttel       

Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Heiner Niemann
D-31535 Neustadt

Prof. DDr. DDr. h.c. Diedrich Smidt
D-30826 Garbsen/Frielingen

Prof. Dr. Jianping Wu,  (associate member)
Lanzhou, Gansu, China