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All safe on site

21 May 2008, 20:47PM |

This morning (Wednesday) was quiet, but raining, and must have been so miserable for the people at the centre of the quake. It’s a relief to report that everyone here at the sanctuary is still safe and sound and coping with minimum staff. No one wants to be away off site, of course, but all have been incredibly understanding as to why everything can be more safely managed when so much uncertainty is around.

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Bears on farms

21 May 2008, 05:19AM |

Thanks so much for your concern about the bears that may be stranded on abandoned farms in the areas effected by the recent earthquake. We too are very concerned about these bears and have been in touch with the authorities in these areas. We have already made it clear that we are ready and willing to accept all bears recovered from the farms.

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All safe at the sanctuary

20 May 2008, 19:56PM |

Hi everyone, I’m sure Jill won’t mind me hijacking her blog to let you know that nearly all the foreign staff and some local staff have now been evacuated and are heading to Chongqing on our coach.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jill's Bio

Jill Robinson MBE

Jill heads Animals Asia’s team of over 300 enthusiastic staff. She divides her time between mainland China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, and travels frequently…

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