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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Care for abused, abandoned and illegally obtained large cats and bears IEAS currently cares for 66 large cats and 10 bears IEAS also serves as an educational facility for visitors

Programs: Care for abused, abandoned, and illegally obtained large cats and bears. Ieas currently cares for 40 large cats, 3 coatis, 1 ring-tailed lemur and 30 bears. Ieas also serves as an educational facility for visitors.

Community Stories

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern, I get to see first hand how well these animals are taken care of. Everything that is done here is for the animals and I am grateful to be able to help care for them. You can tell that the animals are very happy here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an intern here and let me tell you it is full of hard work and is very fast paced! This facility is dedicated to maintaining cleanliness and running smoothly. The animals are healthy and seem very happy in their habitats as well. There are so many amazing animals here with unique personalities that I am enjoying getting to know!

2 Abby G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is the best I have ever visited and is one of the few that is certified by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums, and I take pride in the fact that I am able to intern at this facility. The animals are extremely well cared for following Association of Zoos and Aquariums Husbandry Standards, so you know they are getting their nutritional needs met along with being kept in a habitat suited for that animals needs. The safety standards here are also designed to meet AZA requirements so you know when touring or working as a volunteer/intern they are always people double checking every lock and making sure the sanctuary is as safe and secure as possible. The grounds are also well maintained and aesthetically pleasing. The animals are very content with their environment and are always relaxed even when tour groups are walking by. The internship program is amazing and the staff really cares about teaching interns everything they can and giving them an opportunity to grow their knowledge and experience level while they are here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at the Sanctuary I take pride in how content and well cared for the animals are. It is obvious by the relaxed nature of the animals and the ease that they greet visitors with that these animals are very content to call IEAS home. Anyone that has a chance should stop by for a tour it is an experience like no other. At no zoo will you get the chance to see animals that are as relaxed and comfortable as here at IEAS. Also as an intern I can also say that the intern program is an amazing feature of the Sanctuary, an experience like no other. IEAS is a sanctuary that exceeds all expectations for interns and for the animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern , it is completely obvious that everything that is done at the Sanctuary is done for the animals. By helping with everyday tasks and maintaining the facility and every habitat, it feels good to know that we are improving the lives of each and every animal. Being able to watch the animals enjoy their habitats and the company of the keepers and interns makes it clear that they have a great life at IEAS! If you get a chance to visit and go on a tour, I definitely would!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The animals at the Sanctuary are very well taken care if and content. You can tell that they enjoy having IEAS as their 'forever' home. If you are ever in the neighborhood you should definitely stop by for a tour and let us show you what satisfied, happy cats and bears look like!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at IEAS, I take great pride in the work that that the sanctuary does. I am honored to be a part of the amazing work that they do there. It is immediately apparent that their animals are very happy to be where they are and well taken care of. If you have a chance to come check out this great facility you should!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern at IEAS and I'm so happy to be a part of this team! I learn something new every day and I'm looking forward to the rest of my time here. Not only am I learning a ton about animal care, but I'm also learning many other aspects of being a keeper, like maintenance and repair, enrichment, writing grants and proposals, and interacting with the public through tours. At IEAS, the animals' needs always come first and they receive the best care. I'm thankful and proud to be a part of this organization and would highly recommend this internship.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern currently working at IEAS and I can honestly say that I've learned more about animal care working here than anywhere else. If you are looking to pursue a career in this field, then this is the place to be. It is difficult to find an internship in animal care anywhere which will provide a stipend and housing, I consider myself lucky to work at a facility which does and is AZA certified. Whether you come to the Sanctuary as a volunteer, intern or just to take a guided tour of the place, you are sure to walk away knowing more than you did coming in.

Bmwingfield

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an intern here at IEAS and am happy to be here. The sanctuary is consistently meeting their mission and continuing to strive to provide the best care for the animals here and uphold education through the intern program and through tours.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm currently an intern here and during the last three and a half months I've learned more information about animal care, daily operations, and even basic yard care than I ever could have imagined. The people that care for these animals on a daily basis truly have the animal's welfare at the forefront of their minds. Everything we do here is 100 percent for the animals. We keep their agitation and stress to an absolute minimum and we make sure their emotional needs are being met with our Emotional Enrichment Program. We show them comfort and security in ourselves so they feel comfortable in their environment. The staff here is extremely knowledgeable and truly love their animal family. They have been so helpful helping interns reach their potential in this field.