October 11, 2012
I am a first grade teacher in New York State. I became aware of the mission of the International Exotic Animal Santuary in Boyd, Texas when my son began a six-month internship there. I have used their website bigcat.org in my classroom many, many times. My students have learned much information about various big cat species, how they arrive at the sanctuary and what it takes to maintain their diets and living quarters. We have learned that even though many people think exotic animals would make good pets, they are often unable to take care of them. Students enjoy watching the video clips of the animals and have even come to ask for some of the animals by name. When one of my children asked how the animals were transported to the sanctuary, we were able to go on the website and see a video clip of a new animal being moved into their enclosure. I think it is amazing that a non-profit group like this can work so well with its surrounding community, provide great information on its website and work so hard to maintain the exotic species in their care. My only regret is that I don't live close enough to take my class on a field trip there. Hoping that they will soon be able to provide virtual tours!
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