The work they put in, and the care they provide, is outstanding. The beauty of the animals is breathtaking, and they deserve the love they receive. www.bigcat.org
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary provides permanent homes for exotic species. They reach out and educate the public about animal welfare, natural history of the species and conservation. The animals have great environments to live out their lives in their forever homes. Overall, IEAS treats all the residents very well and provides them with proper diets, enrichment and care.
As an intern at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, I can tell you first-hand that the staff truly cares about the animals. Literally everything we do is to benefit the animals. From carefully preparing their diets, to cleaning up/maintaining their habitats, to caring for their emotional needs, these animals are extremely well cared for and definitely spoiled! :) Be sure to make a stop here if you're in the area or even just passing through to see these amazing animals!
I volunteered with IEAS from September 2014-August 2015. They are an absolutely wonderful sanctuary, and provide great, safe homes for the animals. They are dedicated to providing education to the public and training responsible future keepers through their internship program. They are a large sanctuary, but allow you the opportunity to learn about the animal residents, take in-depth tours, and provide opportunities to develop personal relationships with the residents. They are accredited and follow stringent safety measures. The animals are relaxed, happy, and have plenty of enrichment! They are only a short drive form Ft. Worth or Dallas - and totally worth the time! You will not be disappointed with your visit - be sure to go during tour times so you can get a personalized 2-hour tour and see most of the residents as they relax and enjoy your company. The residents love the tours, and many make sure they are awake to see each group and show off, play some hide-and-seek, or vocalize for you. I feel lucky to have been a part of their organization!
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is truly a safe haven for the animals that call it home. These animals are very well cared for with spacious habitats filled with naturalistic elements to provide comfort and enrichment for the animals. A lot of thought and effort goes into the daily care of each animal, from cleaning, to diet, to their overall emotional health. It is obvious that the sanctuary places the animals well-being before anything else.
This sanctuary goes above and beyond making their resident animals comfortable and happy. They ensure that each habitat creates the most natural environment for each individual animal/species. Along with giving exceptional care to their animals, the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary has a phenomenal internship program where students and recent graduates can learn a great deal about the animal care industry.
This sanctuary exceeds expectations in that it truly puts the animals' needs first. Hardworking staff members arrive early in the morning to ensure that the animals get fed at their instinctual times and specialized diets are prepared to fit each animals' needs. The animals are given plenty of space and privacy, and even though tours are given to exhibit the animals, they are designed to provide minimal stress to the animals while raising awareness for the issues they face.
They also provide a tough but rewarding and generous internship that allows individuals to gain a foot in the door into the field of animal husbandry.
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is past beyond animal friendly.I would consider the sanctuary a heaven on earth for all the animals that they house. One thing that was very impressive is the image that the exhibits are manipulated to imitate the animal's natural habitat in the wild. Not only are their exhibits a mirror image of the wild but also large in size including ramps/caves/pools which only compliments the animals in helping to maintain their instinctual behavior while being held in captivity. Those methods alone with detailed tours of the animal's history strongly helps in aiding conservation to ensure future generations of animals to come.
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is a great facility for educating the public, volunteers and interns on the care, conservation, etc of exotic animals such as bears, tigers, lions, and various other small cats. The people are friendly! The animals are happy! The tours are informative and all the staff are personable. Great place to spend a bit of your afternoon. I recommend to anyone who shares a love of these magnificent creatures and wish to help a great foundation.