International Exotic Feline Sanctuary Inc
Rating: 4.91 stars 285 reviews
Location: PO Box 637 Boyd TX 76023 USA
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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.
IEAS far exceeds my expectations as all the awesome people work night and day to provide the proper care, nutrition and emotional enrichment to supply the residents with the drive to explore new avenues and build new memories with people. Their stories serve as advocates for their species to help educate and conserve them in hope that one day we will work to conserve them effortlessly and coexist. The sanctuary touches your heart and is a great learning experience while being entertained.
I just began interning at IEAS and I am amazed by the sanctuary. The enclosures are incredible, the animals are beautiful, and the staff is amazing! Here at IEAS the animals come first and that is very important to me. It is great being a part of an environment where people truly care for and respect the animals. Interning here is an amazing opportunity and if anyone wants a great education in animal care, this is the place to apply for an internship.
I've been an intern here at the sanctuary for the past week and it's already beyond any sanctuary I've ever been to. With habitats far exceeding the sizes required by AZA standards and each habitat having a nice house for the animal, a large pool (for those that want them), and plenty of toys, it definitely is a sanctuary for the animals. Many of them have come from difficult pasts and it's truly a great feeling seeing them content and relaxed in their homes here at the sanctuary.
I am an intern here at IEAS and I have to say that this place is truly amazing! If you are looking for an internship, you need to apply here. I wake up and go to bed everyday seeing amazing animals and being surrounded by the most kind hearted people. Yes, it is a lot of work, but at the end of the day, this is the experience of a lifetime!
As a new intern that has only been working at this facility for 5 days, I can already say that this sanctuary is definitely one of a kind. It is run by passionate animal lovers and experts in the field that know exactly what these exotic species need. These animals seem truly happy and I'm glad I can be a part of making their lives better than they were prior to being rescued.