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).
Nicola (Nic) grew up in the UK and cannot remember a time that she was not an animal lover. In the UK she worked with various species initially as a volunteer but later as a keeper for over 10 years. Among various species of primates, she also worked with North American bison, Prezwalski wild horses, big cats and North American bears. She has also spent time working overseas on conservation projects including Vietnam, Uganda and Kenya.
Nic graduated from Napier University with an MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation and also has animal management qualifications.
She was working in animal care education in the UK when she learnt about Animals Asia Foundation. She first came to the China Bear Rescue Centre at the end of 2006 as a volunteer witnessing a rescue. Inspired by the work, she seized the opportunity to join the team as a Bear Manager at the beginning of 2007.
She later became Senior Bear Manager at the centre and is now the Vet and Bear Team Manager heading up the vet and bear-keeping staff taking care of the bears, dogs, cats and macaque on site. Her main role is ensuring optimum care of all the animals on site with the support of a fantastic team, as well as promoting the work of the organization and bear care. She is committed to ending bear bile farming.
Nic lives with her rescued dog Moonie at the Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre.