Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
"I have been coming here for years; thank you for all that you do! One of the reasons that I love to come here is that the animals are not required to perform. If we stop at an enclosure and the animal becomes agitated, the humans move-on; the animals welfare comes first! It is such a pleasure to see these animals safe and healthy; to see the tigers chuffing at the staff means that they feel secure. Some of these animals come from horrible conditions. While they're still in captivity, they are treated with care and respect. Thank-you for your commitment to the animals." - Michelle S."Today we visited your sanctuary. I had heard of you guys over the years but just never got a chance to come out. I didn't know what to expect. I'm a huge animal lover, especially for big cats. I found your place to be very educational. I was amazed at how clean everything was and how healthy the animals looked. They looked very comfortable and happy. Our tour guide was great at giving us information about the animals and made the whole experience fun. It's so nice to know that you give these animals a place to live out their lives where they are treated so well." - Diane M., Fort Worth, TX
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
At 23 years old, Rani was the oldest resident of IEAS and the oldest tiger in the SSP (Species Survival Plan). She was a very special girl and could touch the heart of anyone. Each of us considers ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with and care for this incredible animal. She had quite a character and could truly brighten any mood with her quintessential sounds and loving spirit. She benefited greatly from our Emotional Enrichment Program, as she craved attention and viewed all of her caregivers as a source of comfort. She is proof that taking care of an animal's emotional well-being is just as important as providing for their basic needs such as a proper diet and veterinary care. So today we say farewell to Rani.
She will forever live on in our hearts and our memories.
Friday, February 11, 2011
"Everything feels heavier, including yourself, considering you are wearing about 15 extra pounds of clothing. All the hoses are frozen, as well as the water troughs. This is when you grab a long steel pipe and proceed to beat it against the ice until it breaks a hole through so the animals can reach the water underneath. And trust me, this could definitely take some time, not to mention energy and some strong arm muscles." - Emily
"All the challenges that I faced while working in the winter didn't bother me, but made it more satisfying and exciting that I was working this hard to help give these animals the best care I could give while they are out in the elements as well." - Mackenzie