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).
... thanks to donations from Australian and NZ supporters.
The Bear Kitchen is the heart of the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu. Each week up to 700kg of fresh fruit are lovingly prepared for the 170+ resident bears. Thanks to the generosity of New Zealand and Australian bear lovers, The Assisi Memorial Bear Kitchen has been built and is now fully operational.
Assisi’s friends will benefit from a big spacious kitchen that houses all the food and treats. The kitchen is laid out with a large preparation area containing sinks and work benches. There are three further rooms – one for storage of dried goods, another for fresh fruit and vegetables and a large freezer area.
Every morning and afternoon a designated team of five people measure out, weigh and prepare the food for delivery to each bear enclosure. Vegetables are chopped and sorted into labelled baskets which are then delivered on tricycles with each bear being catered for according to their dietary requirements and disabilities.
Yummy treats such as giant fresh fruit ice blocks are whipped up, along with rice mixes and noodles which are used for the bears’ enrichment programme.
An official opening will be held in May 2012.
Now that the kitchen is built we need to make sure that the shelves are fully stocked. The bears have big bellies to fill and you can help provide the fresh fruit and vegetables and the delicious treats that they adore. To make a donation to help stock those shelves, click here.
Huge basins full of fresh food are prepared for the bears every day.
Assisi - the gentle giant sponsored by the Auckland SPCA - passed away December 2009.