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.
As an intern, I've seen first hand just how much work goes into keeping all of the animals at IEAS happy and healthy. They strive to provide the best for the animals and everything done here is done for them. I am proud to have the opportunity to work with people who care so much about what they do.
While I have visited and interned at a number of other sanctuaries, this one is by far the best! I've always had a strong passion for the well-being of animals, especially big cats and bears, and this sanctuary meets every high standard I set. I'm very honored to have been selected to intern here, as it is the exact kind of facility that I'm hoping to get hired on at. Everything here is 100% about the animals, and it really shows when you see how content the animals are in their habitats here. While it is a lot of hard work, it's very rewarding, and seeing their precious faces every day make it all worth it!
As an intern, I get to see first hand how well these animals are taken care of. Everything that is done here is for the animals and I am grateful to be able to help care for them. You can tell that the animals are very happy here.
I am currently an intern here and let me tell you it is full of hard work and is very fast paced! This facility is dedicated to maintaining cleanliness and running smoothly. The animals are healthy and seem very happy in their habitats as well. There are so many amazing animals here with unique personalities that I am enjoying getting to know!
This sanctuary is the best I have ever visited and is one of the few that is certified by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums, and I take pride in the fact that I am able to intern at this facility. The animals are extremely well cared for following Association of Zoos and Aquariums Husbandry Standards, so you know they are getting their nutritional needs met along with being kept in a habitat suited for that animals needs. The safety standards here are also designed to meet AZA requirements so you know when touring or working as a volunteer/intern they are always people double checking every lock and making sure the sanctuary is as safe and secure as possible. The grounds are also well maintained and aesthetically pleasing. The animals are very content with their environment and are always relaxed even when tour groups are walking by. The internship program is amazing and the staff really cares about teaching interns everything they can and giving them an opportunity to grow their knowledge and experience level while they are here.
As an intern at the Sanctuary I take pride in how content and well cared for the animals are. It is obvious by the relaxed nature of the animals and the ease that they greet visitors with that these animals are very content to call IEAS home. Anyone that has a chance should stop by for a tour it is an experience like no other. At no zoo will you get the chance to see animals that are as relaxed and comfortable as here at IEAS. Also as an intern I can also say that the intern program is an amazing feature of the Sanctuary, an experience like no other. IEAS is a sanctuary that exceeds all expectations for interns and for the animals.
As an intern , it is completely obvious that everything that is done at the Sanctuary is done for the animals. By helping with everyday tasks and maintaining the facility and every habitat, it feels good to know that we are improving the lives of each and every animal. Being able to watch the animals enjoy their habitats and the company of the keepers and interns makes it clear that they have a great life at IEAS! If you get a chance to visit and go on a tour, I definitely would!!
The animals at the Sanctuary are very well taken care if and content. You can tell that they enjoy having IEAS as their 'forever' home. If you are ever in the neighborhood you should definitely stop by for a tour and let us show you what satisfied, happy cats and bears look like!
As an intern at IEAS, I take great pride in the work that that the sanctuary does. I am honored to be a part of the amazing work that they do there. It is immediately apparent that their animals are very happy to be where they are and well taken care of. If you have a chance to come check out this great facility you should!
I am an intern at IEAS and I'm so happy to be a part of this team! I learn something new every day and I'm looking forward to the rest of my time here. Not only am I learning a ton about animal care, but I'm also learning many other aspects of being a keeper, like maintenance and repair, enrichment, writing grants and proposals, and interacting with the public through tours. At IEAS, the animals' needs always come first and they receive the best care. I'm thankful and proud to be a part of this organization and would highly recommend this internship.
As an intern currently working at IEAS and I can honestly say that I've learned more about animal care working here than anywhere else. If you are looking to pursue a career in this field, then this is the place to be. It is difficult to find an internship in animal care anywhere which will provide a stipend and housing, I consider myself lucky to work at a facility which does and is AZA certified. Whether you come to the Sanctuary as a volunteer, intern or just to take a guided tour of the place, you are sure to walk away knowing more than you did coming in.