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.
I am currently an intern living on site for the summer. My experience at IEAS has been incredible. I have seen so much hard work and dedication that the keepers and volunteers have put in to make sure all of the animals are happy and healthy. Running and maintaining a nonprofit can be a challenging job, especially with so many animals to take care of, but IEAS has impressed me. They have gone above and beyond basic care. You can really tell how passionate all of the keepers are. The emotional enrichment program and the tours are just a few ways that IEAS shows their dedication to the well being of all of the animals. I am happy to be working for a sanctuary that takes such great care of their animals.
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!
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.
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is truly a safe haven for the animals that call it home. These animals are very well cared for with spacious habitats filled with naturalistic elements to provide comfort and enrichment for the animals. A lot of thought and effort goes into the daily care of each animal, from cleaning, to diet, to their overall emotional health. It is obvious that the sanctuary places the animals well-being before anything else.
This sanctuary goes above and beyond making their resident animals comfortable and happy. They ensure that each habitat creates the most natural environment for each individual animal/species. Along with giving exceptional care to their animals, the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary has a phenomenal internship program where students and recent graduates can learn a great deal about the animal care industry.
This sanctuary exceeds expectations in that it truly puts the animals' needs first. Hardworking staff members arrive early in the morning to ensure that the animals get fed at their instinctual times and specialized diets are prepared to fit each animals' needs. The animals are given plenty of space and privacy, and even though tours are given to exhibit the animals, they are designed to provide minimal stress to the animals while raising awareness for the issues they face.
They also provide a tough but rewarding and generous internship that allows individuals to gain a foot in the door into the field of animal husbandry.