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).
The China Bear Rescue Centre has mushroomed into an inspiring and exciting facility that gives the bears everything they were denied on the farms. Today, happy, healthy bears have unlimited access to tasty food, the pleasure of roaming in lush natural foliage or swimming in cool water, and most importantly of all, the freedom of choosing whether to wander off alone, or to be "on view" to admirers far and wide!
Pitiful, caged newcomers are professionally treated and healed by our veterinary team, which is globally recognised for its expertise in caring for rescued farmed bears in China.
The sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world – an adventurous creation that combines a safe, semi-natural environment for the bears in rehabilitation areas and bamboo forest enclosures. It also allows inspirational "up-close" visitor access in specially created "zones", where visitors can watch the bears at play, rediscovering their natural behaviour.
Catering to their special needs are our professional on-site managers and workers, plus experts (including volunteers) who are experienced and qualified in working with bears, and who ensure that each day is filled with interesting enrichment activities to keep them stimulated throughout the day.
The China Bear Rescue Centre employs over 140 local people on site, ranging from bear workers and gardeners to cooks, security guards and maintenance staff. Local farmers have a ready market for their produce, and several small shops have appeared around the perimeter of the rescue centre, owned by people who have cleverly predicted a profit from passing trade.