This facility is a nonprofit one. They are dedicated to the best care and welfare of the animal inhabitats. They are also big in conservation education about exotic felines. Some the exotic felines include; jaguars, leopards, tigers, lions, and a few others. The people who work here are there for the animals 100% and come first and for most. They have spacious habitats, pools, enrichment toys, and the best diet possible for the animals. They also have an itern program that can last from 3 to 6 months that gives college students and recent grads the hands on experience to get into the competitive wonderful field. Most of their funds come from donations.
There is something magical about pulling up to work to have three, beautiful white tigers greet you at the gate. That is what I see every weekend I go out to the sanctuary to volunteer. As an aspiring keeper, I have struggled to find any experience at a zoo, because despite education, connections, and sheer luck, the only thing any zoo wants is experience at an AZA facility. IEAS has given me the opportunity to gain that valuable experience in an environment that has welcomed me with open arms. I'm surrounded by keepers, interns, and staff who have a genuine care for these creatures, who want to change the world for the better, and who love their job come rain or shine. The IEAS facility is beautiful, clean, and full of animals that deserve a second chance at life. I have seen a lioness play soccer with her ball, a tiger chase his tail, and a bear covered in pink and green cake icing to name some of the crazy things I've seen out here. My life is filled with laughter and sunshine when I'm out at this wonderful place, and I want the world to know about it. Come out and visit the international exotic animal sanctuary to take a tour, learn incredible information about some of nature’s wildest creatures and their conservation, and spend a day next to lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!)
"Spacious living, swimming pools, meals delivered daily, superb medical care, free pumpkins for Halloween, and free trees at Christmas. Orphaned bears and exotic cats always welcome at the IEAS. Please visit our bigcat.org website for more details."
If I had to write an ad for the animals that want to call the IEAS home, that's what I'd write. To be a human volunteering at the IEAS? Just call me fortunate.
This sanctuary will take in abused and neglected exotic animals from unsuitable owners and give them a permanent home. Each habitat is suited to their needs, if the animal uses pools - they will be given pools, they all have many toys in there to play with whenever they want it. There is an emotional enrichment program that is set up so the most angered animals that come will calm down over time and learn to trust the humans that are caring for it.
I am currently and intern here at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, and from what I have seen so far, this place takes exquisite care of their animals. They also take the time and effort to teach the interns about animal husbandry and what it takes to run a facility like this. I am grateful for my time here and the experiences that I have gained to take with me into my field.
As a current Animal Care Intern, I have seen and experienced first-hand they type of sanctuary IEAS truely is. The care the big cats and bears of IEAS receive is beyond exceptional. Every Keeper, every Volunteer, and all Staff of the sanctuary put the well-being of each individual animal first and foremost. The Emotional, Behavioral, and Environmental Enrichment Programs in place are designed to keep the animals happy, content, and stimulated. Although the growing number of big cats and bears displaced and in captivity is a sad reality, there is no better home for them than IEAS.
As a current intern here at IEAS, I have had the opportunity to see first hand how the animals are cared for here. Everything about this place is held to the highest standards of animal care and management. I can honestly say I have never been to a place that takes such awesome care of their animals. It is such an awesome opportunity to be here and learn what they have to teach us. We have gained valuable hands-on experience and have been trained extensively with safety procedures for keeping for all animals. The keepers really strive to train us to be the best we can be!
The staff at IEAS dedicate their entire lives to caring for these animals and it truly shows. As an intern here for a short 3 months, I have learned so much more than I ever could have imagined about caring for exotic animals. It doesn't take anyone long to realize how happy these animals are because as you walk around the facility, you see cats and bears lounging around on their perches or in their houses, playing with their many toys, and even coming right up to the fence to greet you. One woman who I gave a tour to said that the cashier at a gas station had told her to come here for a tour. The word about IEAS has spread because all who have come here are so impressed and can see what a fantastic place this is for these animals to live the rest of their days.
As a current intern, I have learned a great deal from this sanctuary. The care and compassion they have for these animals is unmatched by any zoo or sanctuary I have visited or interned at. All of the animals are relaxed and happy. It truly is all about them. I am honored to be here and to experience what every exotic animal care facility should strive to be.
From the first day that I arrived I have been utterly amazed. These truly magnificent animals present themselves in a very stress-free relaxed state. The environmental and emotional enrichment that is provided for them in remarkable. They have elaborate habitats which include multiple level perches, caves, pools, misting systems along with all of their toys. I am proud of what this Sanctuary does and how well they care for all of these animals. Their achievements alone are ground breaking. For instance, IEAS is the only Sanctuary in the country that is certified by the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums). I am grateful for the opportunity that this Sanctuary has given me. I will continue to pass on all of the knowledge that I have gained from this experience.
As an intern at IEAS, I've learned so much from working at this sanctuary. They are certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and you can tell from the get-go. This place is just so good to the cats, from having specific diets for each cat depending on their personal tastes, to making a new jungle gym for the baby bears. Each of the enclosures are designed for the individual needs of every animal. I am always impressed by the calm demeanor that you can see in the animals, because of the manner in which they are all treated. In short, for a life in captivity these animals have it made. I will always be proud to say that I've worked here.
I got involved with volunteering my time at the Sanctuary because I love big cats. I've remained as a volunteer and sing their praises often because they are an organization that cares about their animals. It's very easy to see when you visit, large enclosures, misters for the animals during the Texas heat, water, wading pools, areas for climbing, a healthy diet. The animals benefit greatly from such care and they are respected as big cats should be.
IEAS is an amazing place where the animals welfare truly comes first. I found out about IEAS over 11 years ago and had the great honor and privilage of being a volunteer for 9 years. The animals are relaxed and happy in their homes. The people that take care of these animals on a daily basis make it the priority to ensure these animals are happy and healthy. Public tours as well as school tours helps educate the public on the welfare of these animals. I will always treasure my experiences from volunteering with these nagnificant animals.
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is an amazing facility and I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the last five months working in such a fantastic place. This place really has been a dream come true to me. I arrived at the sanctuary not knowing much about animal care and enrichment especially with regard to large carnivores. Within the first few days not only did I quickly learn the names and personalities of our 55 exotic cats and our 14 bears but I also learned quickly how much the staff of IEAS cares about the well-being of these animals. Everything we do here is to ensure that our cats and bears live a comfortable and stress-free life. The majority of our animals have come to IEAS abused, neglected, and afraid. The staff works extremely hard to ensure that these animals are given a better life. I have learned so much while working here. You learn and experience so much more here than you do in a typical zoo or other animal organization and these skills will greatly help me in my future career. I am so glad that I was able to be a part of not only helping so many wonderful animals but also working alongside and learning so much from our experienced keepers.
The international exotic animal sanctuary has taught me so much about working with dangerous animals and has given me the ability to pass along important education and knowledge to daily visitors. I know I have changed a few lives with the numerous tours given to many a school group. I have also learned how much goes into running a sanctuary: including the funding, the care for the animals, the daily maintenance required for upkeep, and many more aspects. I love being able to see our 55 felines and 14 bears every day and creating amazing bonds with as many of the cats that I can, especially Nala and Kuru, our African Lion couple, every night I go and sit on a bench right next to their habitat and they both come right over to say hello. Nothing can beat that!
Is the following a description of a swanky five-star hotel or the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary? “Our kitchen is open at 6am and closes after the latest little arrival has it’s late-night dessert of grapes, sliced strawberries and cantaloupe at 10pm. Swimming pools are available to each and everyone who likes to swim, but the IEAS staff graciously appreciates that no one puts rocks, branches, leaves or grass into their water fountains. Seasonal shedding of hair is both tolerated and appreciated; the IEAS staff is prepared and ready to clear all unwanted debris from any and all pool pumps 365/24/7. Free watermelon, corn-on-the-cob, and complimentary applesauce is available to all residents that look like teddy bears. Residents with demonstrative dark stripes accented atop brilliant orange or overall white complexions are invited to leave tires stuck in the doors to their rooms whenever the regular housekeeping service is inconvenient. The IEAS staff will always check-back-in later to insure that your daily services are provided at a convenient time. Every time. Everyday.” I’ve been visiting the IEAS regularly for close to ten years. I can’t prove it, but I am convinced that each of these animals has 500+ channel television in their houses as well as all their toys, spacious habitats, pools, superb nutrition, spotless maintenance, and loving care. When exotic animals finally do get a chance to take over the world, the IEAS will inevitability be their preferred command post.
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is a truly unique facility. I have seen different types of animal care facilities in various countries around the world and I honestly believe that this sanctuary takes the greatest care to provide their animals with the most stress-free and natural lives possible while still living in captivity of any that I have encountered. The staff goes to extremes to ensure the comfort and well-being of each and every animal living at the facility and it shows in the behavior of the animals and the ease with which they respond to the presence of humans, even those that they are not familiar with. As an intern at the facility I would highly recommend making a point of visiting if the opportunity arises; it is certainly a worthwhile use of your time.
Working here was amazing. I received great experiences working with large felines and bears. I got a great working relationship with my fellow volunteers and the keepers. I learned a lot about feline and bear behavior, nutritional needs, and an in depth look at what it takes to run an AZA accredited facility. I also got great advice and experience writing grants and proposals.
IEAS is truly an amazing place. I went on a tour about six years ago to find out about the facility, and was very impressed with the sanctuary, so I started volunteering. The animals are ALWAYS put first. Everything that is done by the keepers, interns, volunteers, donors, etc., is for the total benefit of the animals. Volunteering at IEAS has been the experience of a lifetime. Over the years, you get to know each cat and bear and their personalities. The Nutrition Center is where everything happens. The diets of the animals are prepared there. The cats and bears are monitored on a daily basis regarding their diets, i.e., how much meat they are leaving, eating, etc. The intern program is outstanding. Many interns have gone on to be keepers at many well-known zoos and sanctuaries around the country. They gain invaluable experience during their internship here. I would not trade my experience at the sanctuary for anything. It is truly an honor to be able to volunteer there.
As an Animal Care Intern here at the Sanctuary, I can say first hand that this facility is an amazing place. The 55 exotic cats and 14 bears can really win your heart in a matter of minutes. The experience that people have here is much different than a traditional zoo visit. It's so clear that the cats are happy, comfortable, and well taken care of. Because I work here, I can say that the amount of effort that goes into taking care of these animals is huge. The keepers spend every minute of the day making sure that each animal is content. You really can't imagine it until you see it first hand. All of the tours I have given here end with pleasantly surprised people. It's clear to them that everything the staff here does is for the animals. I really can't wait to see what else the staff here can teach me throughout my internship.