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).
Annemarie grew up in the Netherlands where she was surrounded by dogs, cats, horses and goats from a young age. Her dream was to stop the suffering of many neglected animals so when a vet degree seemed out of reach, she started a Bachelor of Science Animal Management degree instead, specialising in wildlife management and zoos.
Her final assignment was a behavioural study on three polar bears kept in Singapore Zoo, who were in desperate need of some form of enrichment. This is where her passion for bears started. After a few years of working and living in Australia she moved back to Asia and volunteered at a sun bear conservation centre in Borneo. There she developed a definite weak spot for these very small, agile and playful bears.
Annemarie joined Animals Asia in 2006 where she could directly contribute to the end of suffering of bears from bile farms. After a few months in China she headed to Vietnam to help establish the newly-built rescue centre in Tam Dao. As the Senior Bear Manager, Annemarie recruited and trained the local staff to care for the newly-rescued bears from bile farms and the many cubs which were confiscated in the trade. She since joined the China team for a short period of time before the opportunity came up to once again return to Vietnam, this time heading up the Veterinary Department.