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).
Beijing book launch and Moon Bear Rescue Center visit
Ed Young, the Caldecott Award-winning American artist who illustrated the children’s book “Moon Bear” took a trip to China in August, 2012 — visiting bears at our Moon Bear Rescue Center in Chengdu and signing books at a Beijing event.
“Moon Bear” was written by Brenda Z. Guiberson and follows one particular moon bear through her daily life, sharing with children the beauty and individuality that all bears have. The book was recently translated into Chinese, and is now available to families in China.
Ed’s event in Beijing was a huge success. The artist was interviewed before a live audience and signed more than 400 books for Chinese fans. Before the event was over the book’s translator, Mr. Wangling, endowed Animals Asia with his entire translation fee.
During a more intimate reception at our rescue centre in Chengdu, Ed was introduced by Animals Asia Founder and CEO, Dr Jill Robinson MBE, who explained to children that the bears each have their own personality and favorite snacks, just like kids do. Ed shared with the audience a 100 year old wooden moon bear which had brought him much inspiration. He then gave the wooden bear as a gift to the rescue centre.
With the publication of “Moon Bear” in China, children throughout the country now have access to a wonderful book that teaches about bears as individuals — beautifully illustrated by artist Ed Young.