Wow did I wake up to the BEST NEWS EVER!!!! Normally I post my endangered species updates on my forum http://pandarazzi.com but this news is too good to not spread EVERYWHERE
ABOVE…Photo taken at the Moonbear rescue in Chengdu, China 2/08
Quoting from ANIMALS ASIA‘s founder Jill Robinson in her call for votes back in June
I’m sure you’ve heard of Africa’s Big 5 – the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Now Asian Geographic magazine is running “Asia’s Big 5 Contest” to recognise five animals that are unique to Asia. The Asia Geo team has already chosen the panda, the tiger and the orangutan. They are giving us the chance to choose Asia’s remaining two iconic animals! (NOTE: voting is now over…see below )
The Asiatic black bear or Moonbear, is often lowly regarded in Asia as an animal that is solely important for its bile. Of course, we know otherwise! The antics of the playful bears that have been rescued never fail to bring a smile to our faces. Despite the unimaginable horrors they have been through on the bile farms, these forgiving creatures are determined to put the past behind them and to be proud ambassadors for their species.
Well here is the email I received from Jill today. I cried so hard when I saw this incredible news!!!
Dear Sandra, We did it! The Asiatic black bear (moon bear) is now officially one of Asia’s Big 5! A huge thank you to all of you who voted for the moon bear in Asian Geographic magazine’s „Asia’s Big 5 Contest‰.
The readers’ poll also chose the elephant to join the three iconic animals that Asian Geo had already included in the Big 5 – the tiger, orangutan and giant panda.
Of course, we already knew that the moon bear was special – now the rest of the world will as well. We’ll certainly spread this news far and wide and use the moon bears’ new status as another „weapon‰ in our struggle to end the shocking abuse of this intelligent, forgiving and highly endangered species.
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder and CEO
Animals Asia Foundation
I dont’ have an orangatan photo unfortunately but here is one more of my favorite Moonbear in Thailand called “Bam Bam”. She was such a character and spoiled rotten by her keepers.
CONGRATULATIONS TO PLANET EARTH FOR THE CHANCE TO KEEP THESE CREATURES SAFE AND PLENTIFUL!
BELOW ..PHOTO TAKEN AT THE MOONBEAR RESCUE IN CHENGDU CHINA FEB, 2008
Bless every one of their hearts!!! Bears and humans alike!!!
If you find the time please drop in at the website at
and see the incredible work these people are doing and please help with a donation if you can.
Absolutely so cool for words! Just shows what can be accomplished when people join forces and pull together. Thank you Sandra for giving us this amazing opportunity!
I will always remember Bam Bam and the way she led us to Jill and the Moonbear Rescue in Chengdu. I have great pictures of the moonbear in the swing. Sandy—remember Mandella?? He looked so regal–and so happy. I’m so glad they made the Asia top 5. What an experience that entire trip was for me. To get so close to the animals and the people in Asia……
If not for the likes of Jill and you Sandra, the animals would suffer and people like me would be ignorant to their suffering.
Many Congratulations To Everyone involved.
Sandra Miller says
Hey Dody Diana and Marius!!! How are you guys??? Thank you SO much for coming by to comment. I agree Dody that if we all can just rally together to agree on a cause….THINGS HAPPEN!!! I’m sure Marius is looking at our election from the other side of the big pond wondering why we can’t get our act together for our upcoming vote…lol! If the candidates were Moonbears and Pandas it would be so simple..a TIE VOTE!!!!
Diana I soooo remember Mandella!! I need to go look through your pix and see if those made it on the disk you gave me. I want to add his photos of yours to the blog if you don’t mind. It was such an amazing trip wasn’t it. I want to do it all over again!!!!
That is such wonderful news!!!!! It is amazing what can be done when people join together. What’s next on our list??
finally! some news that brings joy and happiness to my heart! I love to see new interest in the worlds great creatures and especially the ones we dont often hear about, such as the moonbear. i know the feeling of dedicating time and love to save a beloved species and its something you never forget, something that gives you pride in yourself and your fellow man, and takes you to a whole new realm of giving to a cause greater than yourself. these fellow travelers on our planet deserve all we can give them and we need to be aware when they ask for help. they have no voice but their actions speak volumes. thanks so much sandy and diana and jill and all the rest of you who go out of your way to know these animals and especially to SPEAK to us for them!!!
Spot on with this write-up, I honestly feel this website
needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more,
thanks for the info!