The foundation is authorised by the home secretary of the county of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany).



The foundation is main sponsor and co-organiser of the First International Yak-Congress in Lanzhou (Gansu, P.R. China).



The foundation is main sponsor and co-organiser of the Second International Yak-Congress in Xining (Qinghai, P.R. China).



The foundation is  main sponsor and co-organiser of the Third International Yak-Congress in Lhasa (Tibet, P.R. China).



The foundation is is main sponsor and co-organiser of the Forth International Yak-Congress  in Chengdu (Sichuan, P.R. China).


2014: The foundation is main sponsor and co-organiser of the Fifth International Yak-Conference in Lanzhou (Gansu, P.R. China).


 2018: Der 6. Internationale Yak-Kongress ist für 2018 in Xining (Qinghai, P.R. China) geplant. 


                                 25th Yak - Calem Foundation

The charitable Yak-Kamel-Stiftung (Yak-Camel Foundation) celebrated its 25th anniversary on 28/11/2017 at the Institute for Livestock Genetics (FLI) in Mariensee with a symposium. The foundation was established in 1992 by Prof. h.c. mult. Dr. Dr. Jürgen H. Lensch, a successful veterinary practicioner for large animals in Krempe, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.


(l.) Prof. e.h. Dr. Geilhausen, PD Dr. Medugorac                  

(l.) Prof. Dr. Erhardt, Prof. Dr. Niemann, Prof. Dr. Mettenleiter, Prof. e.h. Dr. Geilhausen, 

PD Dr. Medugorac, Dr. Burger, Prof. Dr. Smidt 

It is the goal of the foundation to promote scientific research into domesticated and wild yak as well as two-humped mountain- and wild camels, for example by offering phd scholarships and research grants, the implementation of scientific symposia and the support of other projects which help promote the preservation of both species.

These species are of essential importance to human existence in the high plateaus of central Asia and have greatly decreased in numbers. As part of this symposium, a 2000 € grant by the Yak-Kamel Stiftung was awarded to PD Dr. Ivica Medugorac of the Workgroup for Population Genomics at the Veterinary Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich for his groundbreaking work on the domestication of yak, which was published in Nature Genetics 49, 470-475 (2017).

Source: DGfZ, Bonn / Yak-Kamel-Stiftung

   Award of the Yak-Camel Foundation

        The Yak-Camel Foundation awards a prize of

                                 5000,-- € 

   for exceptional research projects on Yaks or Baktrian                                          Camels.



The work must not be older than three years on date of submission.

The submission must include:

An unabridged original version of the publication plus a curriculum vitae and passport photo of the applicant

Additional information:

The Foundation will choose the winner. The foundation reserves the right to split the prize money. The organizer’s decision is final.

 Applications must be submitted by 1 st April 2018 to:

                            Yak-Kamel Stiftung

                c/o Herrn Prof. Dr. Georg Erhardt

                             Bahnhofstraße 93

                          D – 35415 Pohlheim