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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
I love coming out and getting to see all of the animals! I love the fact the animals come first at this facility. It makes it a great place to go.
I am an intern at the sanctuary and all of the staff are completely dedicated to giving the animals a real home where they can spend their remaining years. Everyone works extremely hard to make the sanctuary a great place for the current residents and visitng tour guests. The intern program is great for anyone wishing to learn a lot about animal husbandry.
Working with this facility has been a great experience. Very helpful in my pursuit to further my experience in this field. The animals are well taken care of and given the full respect that they deserve. I recommend everyone to check them out or even volunteer.
I've been an intern at IEAS for just under 3 months now. On our tours we talk about the difference between being an certified facility vs being an accredited facility. Here at IEAS we are certified by the AZA which means that upon taking a tour, you may not have the most luck always seeing an animal. While that may sound negative, it's actually one of my favorite aspects of working at IEAS. We want to give every single animal the option of not showing themselves to a tour group. We want to encourage natural, Instinctual behavior. These animals have already been denied their basic right to live and survive in the wild, so while they carry out their lives here, we want to make it as comfortable as possible. Even if that means they want their privacy today more than they want me to get a cool picture. Highly recommend for anyone who may be curious about conservation or exotic animals in general to swing on by for a tour the next time you're in North Texas!
In my time as an intern at IEAS, I have seen an incredible amount of dedication from the keepers and volunteers. The love everyone has for the animals is palpable, and each animal gets individual care based on their personality and needs. I have learned more than I could have ever expected in my time here in every aspect of animal husbandry, from diet to enrichment to safety measures and everything in between. These animals have an amazing home and support system, and are being cared for by people who will do anything and everything to make sure they have the best lives possible.