Recent Posts

Xiao Hua is home at last

15 April 2009, 23:53PM |

When one of our volunteer vet nurses, the lovely Anne Letham-White, returned to her native New Zealand, she took with her much more than her amazing memories of her time with us in Chengdu. I asked Anne if she would write down her story of Xiao Hua (Litle Flower) so I could share it with you. So here, in Anne’s own words


Bao Be has a special visitor

29 March 2009, 23:42PM |

While I was in Vietnam recently with our gorgeous bears (and team!) in the beautiful Tam Dao sanctuary just outside Hanoi, our amazing celebrity supporter Karen Mok was in Chengdu with our bears, dogs and cats!


Giving animals a voice

24 March 2009, 14:06PM |

Our lovely friend Professor Marc Bekoff got together with Dr Dame Jane Goodall this week in Denver, Colorado. In the midst of speeches, Jane reached out and signed a beaming Marc’s Animals Asia t-shirt.


Mafi's legacy

22 March 2009, 14:32PM |

After hearing about poor Mafi leaving us, one of our ex-staff members, lovely Anne Marie McGivern, wrote wondering why Mafi didn’t show any obvious signs of being sick:


Carney taken on St Pat's Day

19 March 2009, 09:11AM |

As visiting ophthalmologists Claudia and David from Animal Health Trust are here with us on site at our sanctuary in Chengdu, so generously giving their time to bring sight back to some of our blind bears, these days were meant to be filled with wonder and joy as bears such as Snoopy will hopefully be able see for the very first time.


Four good years

15 March 2009, 11:43AM |

The dreaded “policeman’s knock” came at 9.20am on Thursday. It was Jill on the line, her voice trembling slightly: “Oh Ange, I’m so sorry ….” I knew immediately it was Mafi.


Many voices, one passion

14 March 2009, 13:53PM |

I wish you could have been at the Sichuan Hotel this weekend, hearing the leaders of 49 animal-welfare groups and 18 vet clinics across China speaking about the successes and struggles of rescuing animals, caring for animals – and giving animals their voice. 

With generous funding from major sponsors Humane Society International (HSI), we were able to fund flights and accommodation for the delegates – almost none of whom would have been


Goodbye Mafi

14 March 2009, 10:08AM |

Why does it always happen like this? Just when we celebrate the life of a bear (Jasper’s this week), we lose the life of one we hold so dear. Mafi's behaviour was typical for this time of year – a semi-dormancy, which sees the bears eating less and sleeping more.


Celebrating Sir Jasper

13 March 2009, 20:55PM |

Nic actually bowed as she came into the surgery this morning and Belinda beamed as she held (and smelled) his earthy paw.


Professors with wet noses

12 March 2009, 23:35PM |

Having 170 kids and 20 dogs together in one school was potentially a recipe for chaos and it almost seemed like that at first glance. But as our Professor Paws Fun Day finally got under way, it soon became clear that kids and dogs alike were having a ball – while learning at the same time.