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).
Signed and mounted limited-edition fine art print, generously donated by award winning cameraman and TV presenter, Simon King
Simon says of this image, called The Brothers:
“This image holds a very special memory for me, I helped raise these two cheetah brothers from tiny cubs, to the point where they were released in the wild. Toki and Sambu, as we called them, touched our lives. They were mischievous, graceful and utterly lovely. Tragically, Sambu (in the background) was killed by lions when he was just two years old. He had been living completely wild for just over 4 months."
Size: 420 x 280mm.
Highest bid: £300
Mounted photo from Animals Asia’s tenth anniversary book “Freedom Moon”
This is a limited edition photo of a famous "Tree Party" at the Chengdu sanctuary, led by the late Somerset bear and is only available through Animals Asia events. It has been signed by Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia.
Size 12” x 18”.
Highest bid: £300
Framed paw print of Rupert bear
With not a bad bone in his body, Rupert, until his death just a few months ago, was the special favourite of many of the visitors to our Chengdu sanctuary. Rupert was diagnosed as having brain damage as a result of the infection caused by the bile extraction methods. A big “boof” of a bear, he lived in a special care area of the sanctuary, where he led a very contented life - being bossed around by another great favourite, Franzi. Tragically, Franzi finally succumbed to old age at the end of last year and the sunshine went out of Rupert’s life. Surrounded by his adoring keepers and the entire staff of the sanctuary, Rupert was gently put to sleep in June when his mobility and his quality of life had gone. The pair are very much missed to this day.
Highest bid: £170
Framed original oil painting of Emma bear by David Pritchard - Kindly donated by the artist
Local artist David Pritchard is a self-taught artist, who has been painting since he was five years old. David has always been very interested in conservation issues, he first became aware of the plight of the moon bears through the Southampton support group and he and his wife, appalled by the cruelty to these gentle giants, immediately wanted to help. This image of Emma bear particularly inspired David but he looks forward to producing more pictures in the near future.
Measuring 52cm x 62cm
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Original pencil drawing of Dilly by award-winning artist Richard Symonds
Born in Surrey in 1969, Richard Symonds is an entirely self-taught artist and, early on, decided to concentrate his talent on depicting wild animals in their natural habitat. Having travelled extensively, Richard has built up a wide portfolio and exhibited extensively, both in London and New York, including Christie’s, Sothebys and the prestigious Hiram Blauvelt Museum.
Richard is also passionate about bringing an end to bear bile farming and his beautiful drawing of Dilly bear is his first contribution to the work of Animals Asia.
Brown Bear cub - Limited edition print by Gary Hodges
Gary Hodges is one of the UK`s leading wildlife artists and not without reason. It is not just his marvellous attention to detail, or his ability to create such a wide variety of textures and tones with pencil, his chosen medium, but it is his ability to capture the essence and personality of the animals he draws which sets him apart. This adorable signed limited edition was released in 1995.
Size 11cm x 15cm (4.3" x 5.9").Mounted but not framed.
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Harrods Jubilee Bear
A very handsome edition to anyone’s bear collection!
Highest bid: £155
Relaxing day’s boating on the River Thames. Kindly donated by Mary Holden
Why not enjoy a wonderful, relaxing day out on the river Thames, with a champagne lunch included? Donated by Animals Asia supporter Mary Holden and her husband, the day includes a cruise on board their 37ft motor cruiser, Vassoura, moored at Wargrave in Berkshire, up to and beyond the beautiful stretch of the river at Henley on Thames, the location of the world famous Henley Royal Regatta. This is a luxurious day to get away from it all.
Highest bid: £90
Silver necklace with the Animals Asia logo
The silver Animals Asia logo necklace is a stylish accessory, designed by Richard Day from R & J Designs of Yeovil, Somerset. The logo is on a silver chain and presented in a black velvet presentation box.
Highest bid: £350
Jeroboam of champagne - Kindly donated by the Southampton support group
A Jeroboam of non-vintage Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne. In general, Clicquot produces the more characteristic Champagnes; rounded, deeper, fuller, more pungent, and as far as the non-vintage is concerned, more age-worthy. The Jeroboam is wrapped and boxed.
Highest bid: £1500
Original sculpture of a Moon bear - Kindly donated by artist Nick Mackman
Nick Mackman is a sculptor of one-off clay animal models. She has been widely exhibited and in 2010 she won the Open Category in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. Over the years her animal models have found homes with, among others, John Cleese, Judi Dench, Chris Packham, David Shepherd and Viscountess Serena Linley.
Her pieces are Raku fired, giving a rich but natural crackle glaze and drawing on her experience as a rhino keeper, Nick gives each animal sculpture its own personality - bringing their beauty, humour and tenderness to life.
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Andrea Bocelli at the O2 - Kindly donated by O2
Two pairs of tickets (four tickets) to see the multi-million album selling Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli on Friday 12 November 2010 at The O2 in the luxurious O2 Suite (box), including fabulous buffet and bar..
The classical tenor brings his captivating voice to one of the world’s premier music venues, offering fans the chance to hear an operatic superstar right here in London. This appearance represents a highly anticipated return to the UK for Bocelli, whose four shows earlier this year were received with widespread acclaim. “I am thrilled by the huge success of Andrea’s concerts in the UK this year” says Harvey Goldsmith. “They were outstanding and enjoyed by both the media and the audience attending. I am really looking forward to his return in November.”
Those fortunate enough to get their hands on much-sought-after Andrea Bocelli O2 tickets will be treated to the sounds of one of the great tenors of the modern era with the Tuscan star perfroming some of the most famous and best-loved pieces of classical music to London. You can be sure to hear some contemporary numbers too.
Highest bid: £400
Four tickets for the Goodwood Revival rally (including car passes)
The Goodwood Revival really is a magical step back in time, a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in the romantic time capsule of the golden era of motor racing at one of the world’s most authentic circuits. The Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s that relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit. It is the biggest and best historic motor racing party of the year.
Highest bid: £48
Four tickets Festival of Speed (including car passes)
The world's largest car event in the heart of Sussex with Forumula One and classic vehicles, planes and bikes.
Highest bid: £160
An overnight stay for two people at the Goodwood Hotel (Suite with bed and breakfast)
In the heart of the Goodwood Estate on the Sussex Downs, the Goodwood Hotel is one of the top luxury hotels that England can offer. It is the perfect balance of award-winning dining, stylish rooms and modern technology, serviced with welcoming, intuitive manners.