I've been interning here for almost a week now and the experience has been great! I'm getting a chance to help out at the sanctuary and I've already learned so much about all the work that goes into taking care of all the cats, bears, and other animals.
My family just went through the tour and it was incredible! The white tigers are very beautiful and the tour guide is very knowledgable. I thought it was great that they give a tour of the nutritional center where they prepare the food for all the animals. It was a great time spent learning about and seeing all the wonderful animals.
I worked for a small 501(c)(3) exotic zoo in another state for almost a decade. Most people don't realize how many laws, rules, and regulations there are regarding exotic animals, and honestly a lot of people really don't care. We worked with all of our local organizations, and especially the USDA in regards to every aspect of our exotics. When we weren't using our hand-raised exotic animals as therapy animals for people and children with disabilities, we were educating the public on the animals and strongly advocating for the proper care of exotics. I love and appreciate sanctuaries like this not only for the grueling hours everyone who works there puts into the care for each and every animal, but also for doing so much to educate the public so we can one day hope for laws that truly prevent people from acquiring and abusing these amazing animals. All of the props to you guys! You're amazing!
The work they put in, and the care they provide, is outstanding. The beauty of the animals is breathtaking, and they deserve the love they receive. www.bigcat.org
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary provides permanent homes for exotic species. They reach out and educate the public about animal welfare, natural history of the species and conservation. The animals have great environments to live out their lives in their forever homes. Overall, IEAS treats all the residents very well and provides them with proper diets, enrichment and care.
As an intern at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, I can tell you first-hand that the staff truly cares about the animals. Literally everything we do is to benefit the animals. From carefully preparing their diets, to cleaning up/maintaining their habitats, to caring for their emotional needs, these animals are extremely well cared for and definitely spoiled! :) Be sure to make a stop here if you're in the area or even just passing through to see these amazing animals!
I volunteered with IEAS from September 2014-August 2015. They are an absolutely wonderful sanctuary, and provide great, safe homes for the animals. They are dedicated to providing education to the public and training responsible future keepers through their internship program. They are a large sanctuary, but allow you the opportunity to learn about the animal residents, take in-depth tours, and provide opportunities to develop personal relationships with the residents. They are accredited and follow stringent safety measures. The animals are relaxed, happy, and have plenty of enrichment! They are only a short drive form Ft. Worth or Dallas - and totally worth the time! You will not be disappointed with your visit - be sure to go during tour times so you can get a personalized 2-hour tour and see most of the residents as they relax and enjoy your company. The residents love the tours, and many make sure they are awake to see each group and show off, play some hide-and-seek, or vocalize for you. I feel lucky to have been a part of their organization!
Small town. Small sanctuary. Staff and interns that are large in heart and effort to provide lifelong homes for those that have been victims of human ignorance. Animal habitats, diet, veterinary care, etc. are overseen by a fantastic group of interns and staff. These animals should not have been bred, BUT, they are now in caring hands for the rest of their lives. Please donate for their care.