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).
Mara, Mausi and Olly came to us in the summer of 2007. Three years later they are unrecognisable from the three little waifs - dirty, starving and traumatised - that we rescued from rusting chicken cages to start what has turned into an ever-growing "cub club" in Vietnam!
This happy threesome was recently moved to give them access to the outdoor enclosure for our bigger bears, and according to our resident vet Kirsty, all went well:
13 July - House 2:Mara and Olly were integrated into a group of four older bears today - Leika, Grillo, Jarvis and Merlin. The integration went very smoothly with all the bears getting along, and the boys, Merlin and Jarvis, enjoying having another big boy (Olly) to play with!
After all that exercise, Mara needs to cool off with a giant, fruit ice-lolly.
15 July - House 2: Mausi and Mischa were next to be integrated into the group. Again, it was a very smooth lovely integration, with all the bears happy and relaxed by the end of the day.
Since then, the next pair of cubs rescued, Yin Yang and Irwin Junior have joined this happy band.
When Mara, Mausi and Olly came to the Moon Bear Rescue Centre, we had no suitable accommodation for such little bears and built a small, temporary area for them until they were big enough to move into regular "bear-size" dens.
Now, with our cub family growing all the time, with young cubs rescued from farms or from smugglers trafficking them to the farms, we need to build a new bear house specially adapted to provide for the very special needs of baby bears learning to find their feet and integrate into the young bears’ community.
Ying Yang and Olly: these new playmates unravel the logistics of the swing.