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).
Roadshow auction winners visit the rescue centre in Chengdu
On 4 Oct 2008 (World Animal Day), twelve lucky supporters from Australia set off to China for an exciting 12-day trip, finishing up at our Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu.
This group of 12 individuals all won their once in a lifetime trip during live auctions at the roadshow events in February 2008.
The trip was an all inclusive 12 day “Highlights of China” tour prepared and led for Animals Asia by small group travel specialists Travel Indochina. It began in Beijing and included all the “must-see” sights, but of course the highlight was the whole day and a half at the Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, with Jill Robinson guiding them through a special back-of-house tour. This was followed by dinner in a very unique location - above the bear dens! From here the group could continue to observe the bears in an informal atmosphere and with no disruption to the bears’ own evening rituals.
Leanne Copping from NSW wrote the following about the trip:
“When we sponsored a moon bear, whom we named Harvey, in 2002 we never thought we would have the opportunity of seeing him in the flesh. Then last year we decided to make a bid to be part of Animals Asia’s tour of China which was taking place in October 2008. We were lucky enough to be part of the small group which toured China over 12 days. We greatly enjoyed visiting China and found the people very friendly, the tourist attractions suitably impressive and the cities of Beijing and Shanghai were fascinating.
The highlight, however, was the visit to the sanctuary led by Jill, including the behind the scenes tour. The opportunity to spend time with the bears, observing their behaviour and personalities, was special and unique. We were fortunate to have an up close (but obviously, with a separating fence) encounter with our bear, Harvey. He was in his enclosure with a group of other bears when for some unknown but magical reason, he decided to amble over to check us out. It was so heartening to see him, the other bears and the animals of Asia being so well cared for by Jill and her professional team. The Animals Asia team aren’t just caring for them but they are working to enhance their quality of life. It’s an incredible responsibility and, as a result of having this experience and insight, we are even more committed than ever to helping them in an ongoing way.”
Leanne Copping and Steve Harvey
Steve, Harvey and Leanne finally meet in Chengdu.
Harvey contemplates his contented life at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre.