I have been an intern living on site for about a month. The animals are well looked after, with the keepers clearly caring deeply for the animals and their physical and emotional well-being. Here, the residents are seen as individuals with distinct personalities. The keepers cater to the various needs and usually wants of the animals they work for. The guided tours offer a wealth of information about the backstories of all the animals involved as well as their conservation status and ways the public can help. The small staff and long hours ensures that the animals are treated by the most dedicated people. Though the necessary work can be unappealing and abundant at times, it is definitely rewarding.
Animals appear healthy and very happy, keepers and interns are passionate and knowledgeable, everyone works as a team, and they have been wonderful! I've learned a lot with these guys and look forward to being with them for a long time.
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
Great facility, that takes excellent care of their animals. The tour is very educational and informs you of the captive care of animals.
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!