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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the sanctuary several years ago and have been a supporter ever since. It is one of the most amazing places because of the wonderful rescue and rehabilitation work and the hands on training it provides for the interns every year, who receive real world practical application of caring for and studying large animals. The visitor experience is equally rewarding as the guides take special care to instruct visitors on the needs and sensitivities of each animal. The habitats are spacious, clean and have plenty of stimulating "toys" to keep the animals healthy in mind and body.

Client Served

Rating: 5

International Exotic Feline Sanctuary is a wonderful place that gives high quality care to big cats and other animals needing sanctuary. The animals are not only care for physically, but emotionally as well through their unique emotional enrichment program. I would highly recommend visiting the sanctuary and experiencing the love and care these animals are receiving. It will leave a lasting impression on you!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following International Exotic Animal Sanctuary for the last couple of months on Facebook and on their website bigcat.org. I have watched many of the videos posted on both sites and am impressed with the quality of care these animals are given. The sanctuary houses both exotic cats and bears, many of whom were abandoned, abused, and neglected. What has impressed me about IEAS is the care and attention these beautiful animals are given. The animals are not only given quality nutritional and medical attention, their emotional needs are met through IEAS’s emotional enrichment program. The goal of emotional enrichment is to determine techniques that will decrease the animal’s stress while enhancing its wellbeing. The Animals Behaviorist achieves this through protected or unprotected contact. The animals are also give enrichment items such as pumpkins, tires, & Christmas trees which the animals seem to really enjoy! I hope you take the time to get to know the wonderful animals at International Exotic Animal Sanctuary—they have enriched my life!

Lauren A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

this sanctuary is great! theres so much space for the animals, lots of flowing fountains, and all the people who work there genuinely care for these animals. they may have had some sad beginnnings but all these animals now have a happy ending of thier own. all of the animals looked so calm and content. this place is really one of a kind- the only sanctuary to be a certified member of the AZA. i would recomend a visit if your in the area.

Lisa69

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was our Homeschool Group's field trip coordinator and set up a field trip for our group. Over 50 people signed up and IEFS worked so hard to ensure that we had an awesome time. We even had a lady who needed to wheelchair. The paths there cannot accommodate one so they brought out their Gator and gave her a special tour all her own. Our kids got the whole enchilada! They got to see the kitchens, the hospital, and all the critters! It was the best field trip of the year! You can tell the animals are so loved and the care is top notch. Their homes are filled with enrichment items, shade, and places to just be lazy. I wish it was closer to our home so we could volunteer.

Krystle V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! They genuinely care for the animals and take great care to explain to you everything about them. It is an experience like any other and my friends have said the same thing. This place is truly a gem and I hope and pray that they never need for anything so that they can continue their amazing work to help, revive and enrich the lives of these spectacular animals. Bless you!

Debra11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have you been to an animal rescue and wondered how they ever got up the nerve to use the word "sanctuary"? Has the exploitation of those animals left a bad taste in your mouth? Then I implore you to visit the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary and have your faith restored. The wonderful folks who work and volunteer at IEAS have a heart fully committed to giving the magnificent creatures in their care the most delightful quality of life possible. The habitats are large, clean and chock full of fun things for the critters to do. The paths we admirers walk down are broad and well-kept and--so exciting--really close to the animal citizens. Your guide will tell you stories of each animal (how they came to sanctuary or how much they love their tire) while you gaze into that animals eyes. One visit and you will learn so much about exotic cats and bears--you'll practically be an expert! More importantly-one visit and you will know that little ol' Boyd Texas is home to true animal SANCTUARY that has some of the most caring and knowledgeable animal keepers around. Are you still here? Go book your tour!

Brenda A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently went on a tour of the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary and was VERY impressed with the care and concern that goes into each and every animal according to it's need and comfort level. The animals all seem very relaxed and happy and are all healthy! Loved every minute of my tour.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have taken our 4th graders to IES the past two years on a field trip. The sanctuary is an amazing place. The students learn a lot about exotic animals and what it takes to care for them. The staff is wonderful and always willing to answer even the simplest question. I look forward to our trip again this year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

loved the up close bears and cats! it is so great you guys do what you do. I LOVED IT!!!!you guys rock! hope you win the 5,000 dollars

madeline,ashley's b-day party

Client Served

Rating: 5

We visited the Sanctuary yesterday and were very impressed. Our daughter had a birthday party and chose to visit IEAS. The kids were amazed with the access they had to the animals. The enclosures were clean and expansive. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides participate in the internship program and were obviously proud of their well-kept facility. We learned about each animals' background, their upkeep and the daily efforts it takes to nurture them. It is hard to believe that so many beautiful animals are in need of help. We will definitely return to the facility. The kids had a blast!