December 18, 2012
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is the only sanctuary of it's kind, with full certification from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). I am an intern for IEAS currently and have never seen an exotic animal facility put so much love and effort into the daily care for their animals. Most of the animals (though not all) that now call the sanctuary home have come from backgrounds of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The sanctuary cares for not only the physical well being of each animal, but also focuses on their emotional needs. Louis Dorfman, an Animal Behaviorist, comes to the facility three times a week and has for many years, to just spend time with the animals. As a new intern, I learn new things every single day; not only about the normal upkeep of an animal sanctuary, but also about each animal's personality and their likes and dislikes. I look forward to the next two and a half months as I continue my internship here. At this point in time I can hardly imagine how much more there is still to learn, and I can't wait to see what comes next!
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