years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
We recently held a two-day workshop for staff from Chengdu Zoo, to share our experience and knowledge of enrichment for captive animals. The workshop was presented by our rescue centre teams and proved a great success.
The Deputy Director of the zoo has been in touch following the workshop to thank all of our staff for putting on such a professional workshop and for sharing invaluable advice and expertise with his animal management and education staff.
We now hope that this will see some further improvements in the enclosure designs and enrichment for the animals within the zoo. We will continue to liaise with the zoo with regards to the continued re-design of their bear enclosures and our teams will be providing some help with the development of play structures for the bears.
In addition, our vet department is providing advice to help the zoo care for a moon bear cub which has arrived in recent weeks.
We will continue to work with the zoo to encourage some of the techniques/skills learnt at the workshop to be put into practice for the bears and other animals.
We will also be using this experience to encourage other zoos in China to consider providing some basic enrichment for the bears in their care (most Chinese zoos have bears in very similar enclosures).
In the future we hope to bring animal managers from other zoos within China to our rescue centre for a further workshop to help spread the expertise of our veterinary, bear, horticulture and education staff with regards to the management of captive bears, across China.