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Recent Posts

Evacuating staff

20 May 2008, 00:33AM |

At the request of a number of foreign embassies, we are starting to evacuate foreign staff from the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu – it is now 1.30pm on Tuesday and we have been told that another earthquake could hit Chengdu by 4pm.


Heroes of the home front

19 May 2008, 22:07PM |

The thing about volunteering is that no one likes to be left behind. As said in an earlier message, we actually had to draw straws between vets Heather and Lara, nurses Hayley, Wendy and Annemarie and bear managers Nic, Kia and Donata - as everyone wanted to be part of helping in some way, any way, with the tragedy to have affected Sichuan.


Silence for the sorrow

19 May 2008, 06:32AM |

A three-minute silence gripped a whole nation today at 2.28pm - a week to the minute after the earthquake struck. Here in China it is translated literally as "silence for the sorrow".


Earthquake update

19 May 2008, 06:28AM |

At 1am this morning (Monday) on site, we felt the aftershock that centred on the borders of Sichuan and Gansu provinces, and which measured 6.0, but again everyone - people and bears are ok.


To hell and back

17 May 2008, 06:39AM |

Our bus seating 16 of our staff plus eight doctors organised by the Red Cross arrived into Anxian at about 8pm on Thursday night. We were situated in Xiaoba Town in Anxian County about 150 kms north of Chengdu.


Today (Thursday) we received approval from Red Cross China to go into one of the worst affected areas, so at 4.30pm (China time) we are heading to Anxian in northern Sichuan Province to help with the earthquake relief effort.


Helping where we can

15 May 2008, 07:37AM |

Yesterday (Wednesday), we were in Dujiangyiang, where many people have lost their lives and many of the buildings have been razed to the ground.


Sanctuary buildings unsafe

14 May 2008, 04:35AM |

I’m just about to catch a flight from Hong Kong to Chengdu, but first I wanted to give you a quick update on the situation at the sanctuary and apologise for having to miss the first three events of my US Roadshow, which starts tomorrow.


Fears of another quake

12 May 2008, 23:58PM |

It's 1pm China time and we've just heard from a friend in Chendgdu that local Chinese news reports say another another earthquake is expected this afternoon. No more details yet.


Aftershocks still occurring

12 May 2008, 21:46PM |

Thanks so much for all your messages of concern and support. The death toll is now over 10,000 and still climbing and the city is still in the grip of aftershocks.