I found the sanctuary several years ago and have been a supporter ever since. It is one of the most amazing places because of the wonderful rescue and rehabilitation work and the hands on training it provides for the interns every year, who receive real world practical application of caring for and studying large animals. The visitor experience is equally rewarding as the guides take special care to instruct visitors on the needs and sensitivities of each animal. The habitats are spacious, clean and have plenty of stimulating "toys" to keep the animals healthy in mind and body.
International Exotic Feline Sanctuary is a wonderful place that gives high quality care to big cats and other animals needing sanctuary. The animals are not only care for physically, but emotionally as well through their unique emotional enrichment program. I would highly recommend visiting the sanctuary and experiencing the love and care these animals are receiving. It will leave a lasting impression on you!
I’ve been following International Exotic Animal Sanctuary for the last couple of months on Facebook and on their website bigcat.org. I have watched many of the videos posted on both sites and am impressed with the quality of care these animals are given. The sanctuary houses both exotic cats and bears, many of whom were abandoned, abused, and neglected. What has impressed me about IEAS is the care and attention these beautiful animals are given. The animals are not only given quality nutritional and medical attention, their emotional needs are met through IEAS’s emotional enrichment program. The goal of emotional enrichment is to determine techniques that will decrease the animal’s stress while enhancing its wellbeing. The Animals Behaviorist achieves this through protected or unprotected contact. The animals are also give enrichment items such as pumpkins, tires, & Christmas trees which the animals seem to really enjoy! I hope you take the time to get to know the wonderful animals at International Exotic Animal Sanctuary—they have enriched my life!
this sanctuary is great! theres so much space for the animals, lots of flowing fountains, and all the people who work there genuinely care for these animals. they may have had some sad beginnnings but all these animals now have a happy ending of thier own. all of the animals looked so calm and content. this place is really one of a kind- the only sanctuary to be a certified member of the AZA. i would recomend a visit if your in the area.
I have been to IEAS multiple times, and every time I go it is just that much more memorable. I love being able to see the kindness that is extended to the creatures and also, I get to watch the new animals progress through their life. This organization provides clear explanations on almost every aspect of the facility and brings the reality of how much work it put in to making the lives of these animals as comfortable as possible. IEAS is by far one of the most amazing organizations that I have ever had to the pleasure of encountering, and I recommend a visit to anyone that every gets the chance.
When I first visited IEAS, I was amazed at what they did at the sanctuary. They were extremely knowledgeable and the animals were kept in healthy living conditions. I loved being able to see the animals up close and learn about them. As a result of my love of the place, I raised money for my birthday and donated. When I went on the second tour, I saw other things that I didn't get to see before, and I was never dissapointed. I love IEAS and after visiting, I have made a decision on what I want to be when I grow up and that I want to be an intern there. IEAS has changed all those animals lives and mine as well.
I was our Homeschool Group's field trip coordinator and set up a field trip for our group. Over 50 people signed up and IEFS worked so hard to ensure that we had an awesome time. We even had a lady who needed to wheelchair. The paths there cannot accommodate one so they brought out their Gator and gave her a special tour all her own. Our kids got the whole enchilada! They got to see the kitchens, the hospital, and all the critters! It was the best field trip of the year! You can tell the animals are so loved and the care is top notch. Their homes are filled with enrichment items, shade, and places to just be lazy. I wish it was closer to our home so we could volunteer.
This place is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! They genuinely care for the animals and take great care to explain to you everything about them. It is an experience like any other and my friends have said the same thing. This place is truly a gem and I hope and pray that they never need for anything so that they can continue their amazing work to help, revive and enrich the lives of these spectacular animals. Bless you!
Have you been to an animal rescue and wondered how they ever got up the nerve to use the word "sanctuary"? Has the exploitation of those animals left a bad taste in your mouth? Then I implore you to visit the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary and have your faith restored. The wonderful folks who work and volunteer at IEAS have a heart fully committed to giving the magnificent creatures in their care the most delightful quality of life possible. The habitats are large, clean and chock full of fun things for the critters to do. The paths we admirers walk down are broad and well-kept and--so exciting--really close to the animal citizens. Your guide will tell you stories of each animal (how they came to sanctuary or how much they love their tire) while you gaze into that animals eyes. One visit and you will learn so much about exotic cats and bears--you'll practically be an expert! More importantly-one visit and you will know that little ol' Boyd Texas is home to true animal SANCTUARY that has some of the most caring and knowledgeable animal keepers around. Are you still here? Go book your tour!
We have taken our 4th graders to IES the past two years on a field trip. The sanctuary is an amazing place. The students learn a lot about exotic animals and what it takes to care for them. The staff is wonderful and always willing to answer even the simplest question. I look forward to our trip again this year!
loved the up close bears and cats! it is so great you guys do what you do. I LOVED IT!!!!you guys rock! hope you win the 5,000 dollars
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We visited the Sanctuary yesterday and were very impressed. Our daughter had a birthday party and chose to visit IEAS. The kids were amazed with the access they had to the animals. The enclosures were clean and expansive. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides participate in the internship program and were obviously proud of their well-kept facility. We learned about each animals' background, their upkeep and the daily efforts it takes to nurture them. It is hard to believe that so many beautiful animals are in need of help. We will definitely return to the facility. The kids had a blast!
IEAS is a sanctuary for big cats and now bears. Our school has an environmental group and we visit every year. The students are in awe of the cats and bears. The guides that take us on a tour share stories about the animal, like how they came to end up at IEAS, their personality etc. This helps the children understand the importance of protecting wild animals and allowing them to remain in the wild.
IEAS is a great facility. Visit IEAS to see for yourself!
I visited IEAS on January 27th, my birthday. I was very pleased to see the special attention all animals are given. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of each animal cage. I have been to other so called sanctuaries and this is the best by comparison. The staff truly is at the animal's service. Their first priority is their comfort, safety and all around well being.
we have visited the IEFS Sanctuary several times over the past few years and it is always a wonderful rewarding experience! The animals are very well cared for and are a lot of fun to watch! Haven't seen the bears yet, but plan on going out there soon, highly recommend this place to everyone remotely interested in big cat conservation.
The facilities were clean and well-kept. They were big enough to support the animals inclosed in them. The tour guide was very informative and gave us information about each animal in the sanctuary and the stories of how they got there.
This is a wonderful place. You can tell once you are there that the animals are happy, healthy and well-cared for. They enjoy their habitats (as much as can be expected) and interact with the caretakers in a meaningful manner.
We have visited many zoos around the US and in different countries but find IEAS a most pleasant alternative. We visit IEAS frequently having first heard of it when our daughter did an internship there six years ago. It provides a stress free environment with a natural habitat for each animal. They are treated as individuals, not just a bunch of caged felines and bears. We notice the knowledge of the staff in animal care when we see how at ease each animal is. The keepers know each animal’s name, need, and personality and closely monitor any change in their daily routines. It is a safe, pleasant retirement home for rescued animals that often come to IEAS underfed, unloved, and abused. Responding to the staff’s commitment and hard work and dedication to their care and comfort, along with their soft spoken words, these animals quickly settle down and become content, serene, and happy. This is a place that is committed to each animal’s well being.