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).
Hong Kong investment advisers help develop rescue centre in Vietnam.
Green Dragon Fund sponsors bear house and enclosures
Green Dragon Fundís sponsored bear house at the Vietnam rescue centre.
The newly-constructed semi-natural enclosure with rock pool.
The Green Dragon Fund sponsorship plaque hangs prominently at the entrance to the enclousure.
The outdoor enclosures stimulate the bears' natural behaviour in the wild.
Environmental Investment Services Asia Limited (EISAL) is giving new hope to endangered and abused bears in Vietnam. EISAL, which manages the Green Dragon Fund, has donated much of the construction costs for a new enclosure and dens at our Tam Dao rescue centre for bears rescued from the bile industry. EISAL is the first investment-management company in Hong Kong to specialise in environmental funds.
The Green Dragon Fund, managed by Jeremy Higgs, launched in October 2006. It is one of the first regional hedge funds to focus on Asian environmental growth and to address environmental needs in Asia.
A portion of the Fundís management fees is donated to outstanding environmental NGOs selected by the firmís selection board, and in 2008/2009, Animals Asia was chosen for a substantial donation to develop our Vietnam rescue centre.
ďWe are absolutely thrilled to have been selected by the Green Dragon Fund and our warmest thanks to Jeremy. This sponsorship will go towards building a much-needed bear house and enclosures for our bears. We are also very encouraged to see the financial industry supporting animal-welfare and environmental causes,Ē says Jill Robinson.
The donation of US$235,000, which came to us in two instalments, could not have been more timely. With our bear numbers steadily increasing in Vietnam, we were in urgent need of more space quickly to house our new arrivals. The bear house contains 24 dens and can be home to up to 38 bears at a time.
The semi-natural enclosures are extremely important for captive bearsí rehabilitation. They are specially designed by experts with the criteria of stimulating the bearís natural behaviour in the wild.
Jeremy Higgs presents a cheque to Jill Robinson on behalf of The Green Dragon Fund.
The generosity of the Green Dragon Fund has translated into real and lasting benefits for our Vietnam bears, transforming their lives at the sanctuary.
Click on the link below to see the building, the amazing enclosures and more importantly, the bears at ease and at play in an environment they so much deserve, and without the Green Dragon Fund, one they could still be waiting for.
Our heartfelt thanks go once again to Jeremy, EISAL and the Green Dragon Fund for creating a little piece of bear paradise here in Tam Dao, Vietnam.