An incredible facility that has been providing for big cats, bears and other exotic animals with the utmost care since 1997. The hard working, caring staff have developed a sanctuary that not only creates a comfortable and secure place for the animals, but offers one of the best intern programs for aspiring zookeepers such as myself. Personal tours are given by the staff everyday and I can't suggest visiting enough to see all the beautiful animals that call this sanctuary home.
This sanctuary is wonderful! The animals' happiness and comfort are top priorty here, with beautiful and spacious enclosures, enrichment opportunities for the cats/bears, and a great staff that cares SO much about these amazing animals. The animals show no signs of stress or unhappiness and it is very obvious that the care given to these animals is of the highest quality possible. This place is fantastic and all should visit if at all possible.
The International Exotic Femile Sanctuary is wonderful place for big cats. Here, the cats and bears are placed number 1 at all times. Everything they do is to ensure the most comfortable and stress-free environment for the animals. The keepers are highly knowledgable and work hard every day to keep the Sanctuary running at it's best. They also take time to inform the public about the importance of these animals and their conservation. It is truely a amazing place!
IEFS is a wonderful sanctuary where the animals are always put first. As an intern, I spend every day with these animals and absolutely love them. But it's the faces of visitors and guests that really show what a great place this is. People are amazed to see the first hand experience they get with our cats and bears during our guided tours every day. As well as seeing the animals up close, it's also obvious to guests that the animals are happy and comfortable. This sanctuary is a wonderful place for these animals to live, for here they are loved and cared for to the best of human ability.
I heard about the Intetnational exotic feline sanctuary through an intern Kate Carson. She speaks very highly of the organization. It Is great to see such amazing and exotic felines being cared for. I hope to visit one day and see more of the great work these kind hearted people do!
My husband and I came across the the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, TX several years ago while on a motorcycle ride. Shortly afterwards we returned to take a tour. I was so thouroughly impressed with what they were doing to educate the public and take great care of their "residents", that I quickly put in to be a volunteer. Getting the behind the scenes look at the operations and the people involved, I continue to be impressed and find great joy in helping this non-profit organization with my time, talents, and treasures.
I went on a tour of this facility early in 2009 after passing by on a motorcycle ride one weekend. I've volunteered at other animal refuges, and really enjoy the educational aspects that are presented to the general public. After the tour, I was determined to be a part of this organization thinking one day maybe I would lead a tour. Since they have interns at this facility, it is a part of their training to provide tours and educate the public, so I have instead found my niche as a volunteer working on beautifying the grounds. This helps visitors not only to know that the cats and bears are being well cared for, but that their surroundings and the entire facility are cared for and there is special attention paid to other details to enhance the look and feel of the experiences for all involved. There are lots of projects and on-going needs that I try to assist with as I can. I've been blessed to serve within this organization, and like the animals that reside at the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary, I too have sanctuary in my time spent serving at this place.
I was an intern at IEAS for six months from September 2011 to February 2012. I learned so much during my time there about animal care. I love that everything at IEAS is about the animals' well being and that the emotional care for the animals is as important as the physical care. The animals are so well cared for at IEAS. Some of the animals that call IEAS home have come from horrible places where they were not properly cared for. They receive the proper care while living at IEAS and it is amazing to see how an animal's personality changes after they have received the proper care. I am currently a zookeeper at a zoo and have put all the skills that I learned at IEAS to use. IEAS helped me get to where I am today and I will always treasure the time that I was privileged to spend there and learn how to care for such amazing creatures.
I love Big Cats and saw an article in the paper about the great work these fine folks are doing for these beautiful majestic animals. I became a volunteer for about six months but, for me, the drive was too far for me to continue. I highly recommended this quality organization!
I have been an intern here for almost a month and the last several weeks have been some of the most challenging and most rewarding moments I've had the opportunity to experience. I am continually amazed by the magnitude of dedication and commitment that each and every staff member reveals, no matter what the task at hand. It is because of them that this facility is so successful and the animals are genuinely content in their environments. Working at IEAS has allowed me to see first hand how animals that come from the most deplorable conditions and at first may seem to be beyond behavioral rehabilitation can, with the proper care and attention, recover from a lifetime of neglect, abuse, and exploitation. Thanks to the tireless staff, interns, and volunteers, many of the animals here have beaten the odds and learned to trust again. This second chance at a happy life is what makes IEAS such a remarkable sanctuary.
As an intern working at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary I can say the people here truly care about the animals they have rescued. Everything they do, down to how they walk and talk around the animals is done to keep them calm and happy. The sanctuary’s distinctive emotional enrichment program is a great opportunity to have a relationship with these beautiful wild animals. The work is hard but the rewards are great.
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary is a facility that provides a home for abandoned and abused exotic animals. Every animal here is treated with respect and is given the best quality of life that it deserves. They use environmental, behavioral, and emotional enrichment to make sure every part of the animals needs are taken care of. I have only been an intern here for 3 weeks and I have already learned so much about what it takes to run a sanctuary (and it is HARD work!!). Come take a tour of IEAS and see all the animals!