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).
Gill was born in Manchester and has been involved with Animals Asia Foundation since 2002, initially in a voluntary capacity helping with the charity administration. Over the years Gill’s involvement continued to increase and prior to her appointment as UK Director, had been employed part-time as the UK Projects and Funding Manager. Gill now lives in Cornwall and works from the Animals Asia UK office.
From working in personnel management, Gill graduated in Environmental Management and Technology in 1996 and worked as Project Co-ordinator for the Groundwork Trust environment charity in environmental regeneration before switching to animal welfare.
Gill has always been a passionate animal lover and in addition to her role with Animals Asia Foundation she works as the Fundraising Manager for Wild Futures, a monkey sanctuary in Cornwall. Gill is also a volunteer and supporter of a Bolivian animal sanctuary, ‘Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi’ where she spent three months volunteering in 2000 and again in 2006. During her volunteer time at the sanctuary Gill was involved in the day to day care of capuchin monkeys abandoned at the sanctuary door. These monkeys were often very young ,having been sold into the exotic pet trade after being snatched from their mothers in the wild. The sanctuary is trying its best to provide long-term for the victims of this illegal trade. Gill was very much hands-on at the sanctuary, developing enrichment ideas for the primates living in enclosures and helping with the veterinary nursing, cleaning and feeding regimes.
When not working for animals Gill loves being in the outdoors - she is a keen kayaker, and can often be found helping to coach beginners at her local kayaking club in Cornwall. Environmental and conservation matters continue to influence Gill’s lifestyle decisions.