December 22, 2012
When they say that International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) is run by the cats, they mean it. Every person who works here is dedicated 100 percent to these animals. They care for every aspect of the cats lives physical, mental, and emotional. Their unique Emotional Enirchment program has led to the animals being relaxed as people move around them every day. This alleviates any type of anxiety and allows that animals to live stress free. The physical aspect is taken care of by huge, beautiful enclosures and houses that could easily fit 10 people built by the keepers hands. As a member of the AZA the requirement for enclosure size is 800 sq ft., the smallest enclosure at IEAS is 2400 sq. ft for a tiger. All of the tigers have large swimming pools with waterfalls. Enrichment items are a common object found strewn about the enclosures all of which have been carefully selected for each animal for their mental health and to stimulate their instinctive behaviors. The Dorfman Bear Orphanage is one of a kind, it houses 11 american black bears and allows them to live in natural habitat of 10 acres. The Emotional Enrichment program is also used with the black bears. As an intern here at IEAS I can truly say that every minute of every day is filled with hard work to give these animals the live that they deserve because they must now live in captivity. Never have I been to a place where such emphasis is placed on personality of the animals and where emotions of the animals is considered. I am continuing to learn new things about how to improve these animals' lives every day. From Emotional Enrichment sittings to cleaning a pool. I am so honored to have been chosen to work with these amazing people and wonderful animals. I would be proud to say that I have been able to work here and would recommend them again and again.
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