The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is past beyond animal friendly.I would consider the sanctuary a heaven on earth for all the animals that they house. One thing that was very impressive is the image that the exhibits are manipulated to imitate the animal's natural habitat in the wild. Not only are their exhibits a mirror image of the wild but also large in size including ramps/caves/pools which only compliments the animals in helping to maintain their instinctual behavior while being held in captivity. Those methods alone with detailed tours of the animal's history strongly helps in aiding conservation to ensure future generations of animals to come.
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is a great facility for educating the public, volunteers and interns on the care, conservation, etc of exotic animals such as bears, tigers, lions, and various other small cats. The people are friendly! The animals are happy! The tours are informative and all the staff are personable. Great place to spend a bit of your afternoon. I recommend to anyone who shares a love of these magnificent creatures and wish to help a great foundation.
IEAS far exceeds my expectations as all the awesome people work night and day to provide the proper care, nutrition and emotional enrichment to supply the residents with the drive to explore new avenues and build new memories with people. Their stories serve as advocates for their species to help educate and conserve them in hope that one day we will work to conserve them effortlessly and coexist. The sanctuary touches your heart and is a great learning experience while being entertained.
I just began interning at IEAS and I am amazed by the sanctuary. The enclosures are incredible, the animals are beautiful, and the staff is amazing! Here at IEAS the animals come first and that is very important to me. It is great being a part of an environment where people truly care for and respect the animals. Interning here is an amazing opportunity and if anyone wants a great education in animal care, this is the place to apply for an internship.
I've been an intern here at the sanctuary for the past week and it's already beyond any sanctuary I've ever been to. With habitats far exceeding the sizes required by AZA standards and each habitat having a nice house for the animal, a large pool (for those that want them), and plenty of toys, it definitely is a sanctuary for the animals. Many of them have come from difficult pasts and it's truly a great feeling seeing them content and relaxed in their homes here at the sanctuary.
I am an intern here at IEAS and I have to say that this place is truly amazing! If you are looking for an internship, you need to apply here. I wake up and go to bed everyday seeing amazing animals and being surrounded by the most kind hearted people. Yes, it is a lot of work, but at the end of the day, this is the experience of a lifetime!
As a new intern that has only been working at this facility for 5 days, I can already say that this sanctuary is definitely one of a kind. It is run by passionate animal lovers and experts in the field that know exactly what these exotic species need. These animals seem truly happy and I'm glad I can be a part of making their lives better than they were prior to being rescued.
Upon arriving at this facility as a new intern, I was impressed by the beautiful, spacious habitats. By far, this facility offers one of the most desirable internships I have ever seen since they give their interns a stipend, housing, and even a vehicle to use. If this wasn't enough, I know that this internship will provide me with an extensive amount of valuable experience working with large carnivores and other exotics. Upon touring this facility, I was not disappointed in anything I saw. They have put a considerable amount of work into making sure each animal they rescue and take in is in a more than suitable enclosure with plenty of natural and emotional enrichment. I am truly impressed by all that this sanctuary is able to do for the animals and every person associated with it.
I have been following the Sanctuary via internet for 2-3 years now, and today I was able to see the animals in person. It was amazing! It is devastating to hear where these animals come from, but it is wonderful to see how well they are able to live now, in a secure home where they are treated with kindness and respect. The tour was great. It was very cool to see these animals up close.
I found this facility when looking for jobs/internships on the AZA website. Wanting to work with carnivores i felt that this will be a good experience for me, but I didnt know much about this facility before applying. And today I took my first walk around the sanctuary with a walking tour, and I have to say that I am impressed with the enclosures and how the animals lives changed after being brought here. It was a bit difficult to see all the animals on tour, but that is a good thing, allowing the animals to hide or be seen on their terms. Each enclosure was tailored to each species needs.