Captive Bears Expert Team Co-Chair
Nicola (Nic) is the Bear & Vet Team Director, China based at Animals Asia’s bear rescue centre near Chengdu, Sichuan where she has worked for the past 12 years. Nic oversees the team and care for over 200 bears rescued from the bile farming industry. Her role also involves contribution to the wider operations of working for this welfare NGO including strategy planning, education and awareness. Nic’s work with bears spans more than 20 years, first as a zoo keeper with North American black bears in addition to Asiatic black bears, Eurasian brown bears and to a lesser extent sun bears. Nic has an MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation and she has worked on various international wildlife conservation projects. Nic’s work with bears has seen her participating and presenting at IBA conferences, Advancing Bear Care conferences & workshops and other captive animal management workshops during her career.