Saving Asia's Moon Bears and Sun Bears

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

Contact: Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR

(510) 632-9525 ext. 130

nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Saving Asia's Moon Bears and Sun Bears



Oakland, CA...August 26, 2011 - Attend the Oakland Zoo's Conservation Speaker Series featuring Dr. Jill Robinson, MBE, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia and Dr. Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam Director of Animals Asia. The inspiring conservation event takes place Friday, August 26, 2011 at 6:30pm in the Oakland Zoo's Marian Zimmer Auditorium.

A huge international trade in bear bile products exists in Asia, putting the future of the highly endangered Asiatic black bear - also known as moon bears, at risk. Caught in the wild, moon bears are confined in agonizingly tiny "crush" cages while their bile is extracted daily. The bile fetches a high price on the international market for traditional Chinese medicine.

After discovering this horrible trade while on a visit to China, Dr. Jill Robinson MBE, founded Animals Asia in 1998 and opened the Moon Bear Rescue Center in Chengdu. She and her international team of veterinarians and bear behaviorists have rescued 277 moon bears in that country and another 84 bears, including sun bears, in a second Vietnam rescue center.

Dr. Robinson's sense of hope and her commitment to ending this practice are truly inspirational. Attend the Zoo's Conservation Speaker Series to hear tales of the incredible bears rescued by Animals Asia and the dedicated team working to make the world a better place for bears.

The Conservation Speaker Series event begins with a reception at 6:30pm and is followed by a lecture at 7:00pm. The cost for this event is $10-$20 per person. Funds raised from the event will be donated to Animals Asia. The Oakland Zoo's Conservation Speaker Series is held in the Marian Zimmer Auditorium of Maddie's Center for Science and Environmental Education.

"Dr. Robinson is truly one of my conservation heroes - giving a voice to a little known and horrific issue that we all can do something about," said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Manager at Oakland Zoo.

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