Posts Tagged ‘bear bile farm’

Making new friends, remembering old friends

Gosh it was FIVE years ago when Sal brought some supporters to visit me. Since then so much has changed!!!
READ all our latest news HERE:
rescued bears settling in happily, Another Award for Adoptamoonbear and helping young students understand why bile-farming is unkind to us bears!
And YOGA done the Kollo way!!


Five Bears Rescued in Vietnam during Covid crisis!

FIVE bears are moving closer to their first steps on grass after being rescued from bile-farms in April and May. They have finished their quarantine period at Animals Asia’s Vietnam sanctuary and are now getting used to their inside sleeping dens. After that…. the Great Outdoors awaits them!  


Read All about this and more in Jigsaw’s latest newsletter HERE

And as we head to end of the tax year, Scooby is offering to hide some snacks from the taxman for you !!  

Just follow his link HERE


My 2020 puzzle is UP and running

Hi everyone!   Happy New Year from your favourite bear!

I’m already celebrating my last TEN happy years with Animals Asia, living at their wonderful sanctuary in Vietnam. And now I’m starting my eleventh year and boy! Have things changed since I first arrived as Bear # 39.  There are now 200 bears living here and we have ten bear houses plus houses for the very boisterous cubs, our more elderly bears (NOT me!!)  plus our southern cousins, the Sun Bears. 

As you can see, this is going to be another fabulous puzzle photo of yours truly! I have everyone reason to look so happy because my life here is fantastic – thanks to your support which helps make me a Zero Cost Bear for Animals Asia. Your donations cover ALL my living costs for the whole year.  And I couldn’t be in better caring paws than the team here at Animals Asia.

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And read my current one here

Love Your Bear, Jigsaw

Order of Australia for our director Tuan and my puzzle for 2019 is up and running

Hi everyone! Jigsaw here, off to a great to start to 2019: Our Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixson was honoured with an Order of Australia for his contribution and dedication to animal welfare in South East Asia! Go Tuan!

And my new puzzle is up and ready to receive your support. Check it out here

Read all my latest news here in my Easter newsletter:

Historic agreement between Animals Asia and Vietnam government to shut down the bear bile industry!

Best news ever for Vietnam’s moon bears was announced in August: a Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam’s government that makes it illegal for private households to keep moon bears in captivity. This should bring an end to the horrific bear bile industry in Vietnam forever.
The 1000 bears currently caught up in this industry will need to find new homes in sanctuaries by 2023. These sanctuaries need to be built…. and that means $$ – OUR DONATIONS are needed more than ever to help make this happen as quickly as possibly. 
READ MORE about this historic event, and more, in our latest newsletter 

Beyond the Bamboo reporting in!

Hi everyone!  It’s your bear Jigsaw here! I really enjoyed my time in the limelight on Animals Asia’s Facebook page(see my July blog). If you’d like to read my latest newsletter, click here. There’s a great poem by Dickie Bear Dugmore up in Chengdu Rescue Centre. Some of the bears do it tough and DJ Bear can tell you the story…

Sorry there’s been a bit of a gap with my blogging – I was busy signing autographs!! Now I’m enjoying hanging out, just being one of the gang, back at the Rescue Centre, with my mates Gus & Chocolate. (Chocolate got onto FB too!) Here’s a pretty chilled-out pic of yours truly:


My puzzle is going really well – we’re almost halfway there in just over 4 months!! It would be great if I was finished by Christmas! That would be THE COOLEST present. You can donate here.

I want to tell you about someone who is very special to us bears. He visited our Rescue Centre in Vietnam recently:


It mightn’t mean a lot to you, but for us it promises a world of difference to our health checks and recovery times. Romain Pizzi, veterinary surgeon at Edinburgh Zoo and founder of Wildlife Surgery International, visited our Vietnam surgery to teach the staff how to perform keyhole examinations and surgeries. Not only that but he donated much of the equipment needed to continue the work!

For bears rescued from bear bile farms, it’s vital vets are able to monitor internal damage. Using laparoscopy techniques means the difference between us bears undergoing major exploratory operations followed by a month recovering in a small cage (boring! sore!) versus re-joining our friends in the enclosures the following day (Yeah!! Day surgery!! Home in time for tea!!).


That’s all for now everyone!  I’ll be back soon !  Love, Jigsaw