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UPDATE 12th October 2011 - a massive thank you to everyone who helped Jasper, Vandrew, the cubs, Oliver and, most recently, Snoopy get brand new bear playgrounds. You can already see the feedback on Vandrew, Jasper, Snoopy and Oliver if you scroll down and there's more coming soon from the cubs. In the meantime, meet Freedom, the big flirt...
BUY FREEDOM A HAMMOCK
How do I do that?
Freedom is now enjoying life in our sanctuary in China, but that’s only because she was lucky enough to be rescued from a bile farm. Unfortunately Freedom no longer has the skills to survive in the wild, but she still wants to climb, explore and chill out – you can help her do that by providing her with some play equipment.
What does it cost?
A complete set of play equipment for Freedom and all her boyfriends costs £259 – that includes a hammock, swing, log wall, table and wooden climbing frame. And every donation will be matched by our Mystery Millionaire.
When will I see the difference?
When we’ve raised enough to provide Freedom with a full set of play equipment.
What will I see?
Freedom will send you pictures of her enjoying her new toys.
SCROLL DOWN TO SUCCESS STORY TO SEE THE BEARS WHO'VE ALREADY GOT NEW PLAYGROUNDS...
Tell me more...
For the most up-to-date news go to Jill Robinson's blog.
Animals Asia works with Chinese and Vietnamese government authorities to bring an end to bear farming and to rescue 700 ambassador bears who can serve to raise awareness of the plight of 14,000 other bears trapped on farms across Asia. Bear bile is used as an ingredient in traditional Asian medicines although herbal and synthetic alternatives are readily available. 355 bears have been rescued to date, 43 farms closed.
Animals in the wild have a strong “genetic drive” to perform certain behaviours, so in order to keep them healthy in captivity an enriched environment needs to be provided to allow them to perform these behaviours. Bears are very curious and have a strong drive to forage for food, to climb and to explore. For farmed bears enrichment can help to reduce “stereotypic behaviour”, such as repetitive pacing, swaying, bar sucking or chewing and continuous rubbing, which develop when animals have little or no environmental stimuli being trapped in cages for decades.
A massive thanks from Jasper, Snoopy and Oliver
UPDATE: 12th OCTOBER 2011
Dear Andrea, Anette, Belinda, Christine, Donminn, Fiona, Linda, Lucy, Lynn, Maren, Margarita, Maria, Miss Donegan, Mrs Waldron, Julie, Nikki, Rebecca, Sheena, Silke, Tammy and Val
Jasper, Snoopy and Oliver are now enjoying all the toys in their new playgrounds thanks to you! As you’ll see in the video above, Jasper has taken a great liking to the picnic table and Snoopy and Oliver are loving all the new things they have to play with in their enclosures.
Bears are getting hungry at this time of the year and as we start to increase their food portions they are all looking for places to hide and spread their food around – the new playground structures help with this, make it more interesting for them and keep competition related aggression to a minimum. It won't be long before the cubs are ready to go outside and enjoy their new playground you helped make happen - so watch this space...
A big thank you from Jasper, Snoopy, Oliver and the Animals Asia team
A massive thanks from Vandrew and his friends!
UPDATE: 14TH JULY 2011
Dear Maren, Silke, Hannaholly, S P Reynolds, N A Howard, Tammy, B Ogley, M L Stapleton, FV004X4843, Lucy, L M Waddell, Kestrel, Andrea, Fiona, Linda, Miss Donegan, Mrs Waldron and Julie
Exciting news fresh from Vietnam: click the video to see the latest.
You can see Vandrew’s new playground in the video. As Vandrew has difficulty climbing large structures with only three legs we have made a small ramp at the back of the playground platform to make it easier for him to get on and off and during the hottest part of the day Vandrew and his friends use the area under the platform to provide shade – and have a snooze...
... and new playgrounds are on the way for Jasper and the cubs thanks to your support - we’ll send feedback as soon as we can.
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A massive thanks for your support.
Jill Robinson and the Animals Asia team in Vietnam
Dear Andrea, Anettem Belinda, Stu & Chrissi, Donminn, Fiona, Jill, Linda, Lucy, Maren, Margarita, Maria, Miss Donegan, Mrs Waldron, Julie, Nikki, Rebecca, Sheena, Silke, Tammy and Val,
I'm pleased to bring you some photos of the cubs enjoying their enrichment furniture. I think you'll agree that they all seem to be loving their new stuff!