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International Exotic Feline Sanctuary Inc

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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

323 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Andrew F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was a great learning experience. The zoo keeper was well informed and made the experience very enjoyable. I am glad there is a place like this that takes in exotic animals and treat them the best way they can. I just wish that more funding goes towards these kind of sanctuaries so that the animals can have the best living conditions imaginable. Overall I highly recommend visiting and experience everything they have to offer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to visit a few times and I love seeing all of the animals. You can definitely tell that the animals are well cared for. Nahla the tiger is my favorite. She always seems to be having a good time, she especially seems to enjoy splashing people from her waterfall!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary goes out of its way to make sure all of the animals are well taken care of and have the proper nourishment, medications, and enrichment. After hearing the back-stories of some of these beautiful animals and seeing where they are now I am grateful that places like this exist. I volunteered (did some dishes) a couple times and the staff really care about the well being of all the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had family in town and visited the Sanctuary. It was amazing!!! We learned so much. They do wonderful things for the animals here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is very passionate about helping animals and educating the public about the animals. This is an incredible place to visit, and you can tell the people there love the animals so much. Great place to take a child (ages 7+) to learn! They also have an awesome enrichment program so the animals live long, wonderful lives. Please visit or donate here.

Arianna D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were eager to visit this place because my mom had just moved to Texas. Texas is known for its freedom to own wild animals, including big cats, bears, etc. We learned so much while we were here. This place also has some white-nosed coati mundis (little raccoon-like animals), a ring-tailed lemur, and a pack of grey wolves. The freedom to own these type of animals is not without consequence, as the average person is likely not equipped with the time, skill, or resources to handle these animals. This sanctuary has catered to everything these animals will need. They’re not put on display to please the public. It’s more like, we have the privilege to be invited into their space, and learn more about them if they feel comfortable. There are animals which are not part of the tour because they are not as comfortable with visitors and that is extremely respectable. This sanctuary is open to volunteers and interns.

They offer emotional enrichment for these animals, where they will have volunteers sit by enclosures to be present with these creatures and show that a human presence is not a negative thing. This has apparently helped rehabilitate so many of their animals, to the point where these animals have a positive reaction to humans.

This is an excellent organization that offers education to the public. You only have to be willing to learn.

Cameron G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's a wonderful thing to see people care for animals in the way this facility does. The animals are treated so well and with such respect. I love visiting and seeing how kind the staff is both to animals and visitors alike. The animals really seem happy and it's obvious how much love the people who work there have for each animal. I always look forward to my visits! This place is truly incredible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the opportunity to be an intern here for 3 months and it’s been such an incredible experience! IEAS provides exemplary care to their animals and it’s refreshing to work around people who genuinely love the animals they care for and are willing to do anything to keep them happy and healthy. The habitats are well built, spacious, and provide so much enrichment. The diets are top notch and creativity is put into different feeding routines and activities. The tours are an incredible way to get up close enough to see these animals while also respecting them from a safe distance. The animals are not asked to do anything or perform in any way and are instead allowed to simply live the way they want to with no stress. As a work environment, the staff are close knit and friendly, everyone is passionate about this work, and it’s a fun environment considering how difficult the work can be. Such a great experience that I’ll forever be grateful for!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I came to know about IEAS through Nahla, the young Bengal tiger found roaming the streets in Conroe, TX a few years ago. IAES took her in and I adopted her providing support when and where I can.

IEAS takes exceptional care of all the animals, never exploits them, and conforms to all regulations required of them. The staff has always been very friendly and will take all the time necessary to answer every question asked. I have toured the facility and highly recommend them as a premium animal sanctuary.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've gone on a tour here a couple times and have enjoyed it both times. The animals are in nice habitats and are well taken care of. We will definitely go visit again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an exemplary facility. I was truly amazed by the wonderful job they do and by how much they care for their animals and put their needs first. When we were there on tour, one of the tigers was a tad irritated and instead of allowing our group to stand and gawk, the tour guide had us move on. That impressed me very much because it put the tiger’s needs first! The cleanliness was outstanding. I constantly talk about this with people I meet and recommend they visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The animals appear very content with their habitat and are regularly enriched. The intern that took me around did a great job of explaining their background, habits and characteristics. I will be back.

Nancy C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege and pleasure to visit some 30+ times in the last 15 years. I am so impressed with their dedication to the quality of the life of each animal that is fortunate to be there. The staff and interns and volunteers have but ONE thing in mind: how can they help these animals have the best life they can. I have enjoyed bringing groupsand individuals to IEAS and introducing them to these wonderful creatures! Their personalities are evident and would not be possible if they didn't feel safe and loved by their humans! The standards followed and the education provided stand strong!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place ROCKS! I have made multiple visits and will continue to support them. I love bringing someone new and watching them fall in line ve with the animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Man, if I were to intern at an animal sanctuary, I would pick this place! The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary's main priority is the animals. Their animals get the best food, care, and enrichment opportunities available. I especially love how every donation goes straight to the animals, not the staff, which should be true of every animal sanctuary. Their tours are also top-notch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern I've learned so much from this sanctuary! We work very hard to keep these animals their happiest and you can really tell when they behave exactly as they would in the wild. Very friendly staff and fun guests!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in intern here for the summer, and this internship is hands down the best experience I could possibly ask for. The animals here are so loved and well cared for, and I am learning more than I could have ever imagined. It is a great learning environment, and I am getting amazing hands on experience. They hold their facility to such high standards, and they never compromise when it comes to the health and happiness of their animals. I am beyond excited to be here, and I'll be extremely sad when I leave.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited this sanctuary with family for the guided tour and had a wonderful time. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable, the tour was done at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to see the animals and learn about them.

The animals themselves were beautiful and in good spirits throughout the tour. We saw black bears play fighting, big cats lounging, and multiple exposed bellies. Wonderful place and strongly recommended, thank you for the memories and happy to donate!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered there yesterday with a group of co-workers. The staff was super knowledgeable and friendly. The animals are happy and well cared for, and the tour they offer is awesome and very educational. I will definitely go back with my family to do the tour again. Amy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here since April and I absolutely love it! I wish I lived closer to be there more often. The interns and keepers keep it running smoothly and I love introducing my friends to this place. The animals all seem very happy and well taken care of. I love learning new things and seeing the animals personalities. They make sure the animals aren't forced into anything they don't want to do and have great safety procedures to keep everyone safe. I'm so thankful to help out and be a part of this amazing place!!

Kristi Montgomery K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I have been volunteering at IEAS for over a year now. What a great experience! We LOVE the staff and the animals. These people work incredibly hard to care for these animals and give them a better life than the one they came from.