Sunday, July 29, 2012

Donations for the Animals

While they are here, interns are able to learn how to care for all of the animals who live at IEAS.  They not only learn how to care about their physical and emotional needs, but also what it takes to care for them financially!  Interns take part in all aspects of fundraising for the Sanctuary.  They are able to guide our conservation education tours, from which all of the proceeds go directly to the animals.  They also take part in our Grants and Proposal Writing class in order to learn how to approach foundations and companies for donations.  In just this past week, we have received several donations thanks to intern’s written requests.  As they have in many years past, Root-Lowell Manufacturing Co. in Lowell, MI donated six Flo-Master Bleach Sprayers to the Sanctuary.  These sprayers are essential for keeping the habitats, houses and waters sanitary and clean.  Additionally, Flexovit Abrasives in Angola, NY donated grinding wheels which are necessary for many of the construction projects that take place here at IEAS.  We are currently rebuilding several old houses that have succumb to both time and extreme weather conditions.  These grinding wheels will be a tremendous help in completing these new and improved houses for the animals. 

Another part of our fundraising that the interns are able to participate in is to go out and solicit help from local companies.  Recently, our summer interns all headed out to several stores in surrounding areas to see if there might be any way for them to help the animals.  Thanks to caring individuals that wanted to help, they did not come back empty handed!  Home Depot in Euless, TX donated three $25 gift cards so that we can purchase items to help the animals.  AGvantage in Decatur, TX donated a 75ft hose and insulators for our electric fencing that is used in the bear habitats. 
The interns are so excited that their hard work has paid off and has been able to help all of the animals who call IEAS home.  They have even started writing more letters in hopes of receiving more items for the Sanctuary.  We are so grateful to all of the caring individuals who believe in our cause and strive to aid us in our mission to provide these magnificent animals with the best possible life that we can.  Thank you so much!

Check out all of the generous individuals and businesses that have supported IEAS!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Building Danvir and Sajani's Pool!

Well, you've seen how Danvir and Sajani loved their new and improved pool (and if you haven't, click here), but are you wondering about the steps it took to get there? Building or developing on an existing pool is a process of layers. From cinderblocks, to mortar, to cement, there is a very specific set of steps we take to ensure the result will be sturdy, water tight, and most important, just right for the animals!

Below is a look at the pool coming together step by step! Take a look!

Monday, July 23, 2012

In Honor of a Very Special Supporter and Friend of the Animals

It is my honor to announce that Bear Orphanage will be called Dorfman Bear Orphanage! Mr. Louis Dorfman, a long time friend, supporter and contributor has devoted himself to the welfare of the sanctuary and all the animals for the last 16 years. Not only has he supported the sanctuary, but he has given his time as the Animal Behaviorist to help provide all the animals the best quality of life possible here at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary and also serves as Chairman of the Board Directors. Without Mr. Dorfman’s generosity and support the Dorfman Bear Orphanage would have only been a dream. Now it is a natural habitat on 10 acres and home to 11 orphaned bears that have a wonderful life thanks to a man that all animals call Friend!

“Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.” Alexander Pope

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Could YOU relax this much in a tree?!

Every morning, we see Scoundrel up in his favorite tree, so relaxed and comfortable that he is very literally just "hanging out!" We know that black bears are adept climbers, with claws specially designed for the task, but their agility and comfort in trees never ceases to amaze us!

As Scoundrel woke up on his high tree limbs today, he tossed and turned as if he had all the room in the world. This shows that even half asleep, Scoundrel was very aware of his positioning and balance! We absolutely love seeing the bears this happy, confident, and comfortable in the natural setting we are so fortunate to be able to provide for them in Bear Orphanage!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Danvir and Sajani: Pool Remodeling!

Danvir and Sajani are pool lovers! They are spotted taking a dip every day, several times a day. For that reason, we are really excited about the remodeling we are currently working on for their pool. In just a few days, these two water loving tigers will have a bigger pool, complete with waterfall!

Interns are getting their first taste of pool building. This experience, along with their newly learned methods of re-mortaring and cementing, will help them in their futures as animal caretakers. Today, we started the foundation work for the fall, and tomorrow, we will begin building up the sides of the pool and putting in the pipe work for the pump!

Sajani kept a watchful eye on the renovations, and we're hoping to obtain her approval with the end result! A few splashes and dunk down into the fall will show us that she loves it!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Meet Christi!

If you've been to IEAS, you may have seen Christi getting work done all around the Sanctuary grounds. Christi Gilbreth is the Curator and Assistant Animal Behaviorist at IEAS, and she has been working here for more than seven years!

Christi graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management. Before coming to IEAS, she spent a year helping rehabilitating and releasing native wildlife at Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Kendalia, TX. There, she also helped care for resident animals, including bears, jaguars, cougars, and a variety of primates.

Upon her arrival at IEAS as an intern in December of 2003, Christi completed her internship and was asked to stay on as a keeper. She has since earned her current titles. During her time at IEAS, Christi has helped care for the resident animals while teaching interns the ins and outs of animal care and daily Sanctuary operations. She also co-founded SWAVA, an organization created to share information with sanctuary workers and volunteers in the hopes of improving the lives of captive animals in sanctuaries everywhere.

Christi has also spent considerable time working alongside Animal Behaviorist Louis Dorfman. She has helped raise two cheetah cubs, five white tiger cubs, two baby bobcats, a cougar cub, and eight black bear cubs. She has learned a huge amount since coming to IEAS and continues to learn something new every day!

Come out to IEAS to visit Christi and the animals in her care! 
See you soon! 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Make Your Donation Go Twice As Far!

Looking for a way to help IEAS? Well, if you work for one of the companies below, your donation to the Sanctuary can be MATCHED by your company! Below are the logos of the companies we know have matching gift programs. If you know that the company you work for also has a program and you don't see it on the list, let us know and we'll add it! 

Click HERE to find out how your companies donation program works! If you're having trouble, call our office at 940-433-5091 and we'll do our best to help you help us!

Thanks for all that you do for IEAS!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

What are YOUR state's laws?

Did you know that the states in our country have varying degrees of laws relating to private possession of exotic animals? There are ranges of laws and requirements across the U.S., and some are much more strict than others. The map below depicts the four levels of law severity. What are YOUR state laws?

20 states have BAN ON PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF EXOTIC ANIMALS - including at least large cats (some ban all wild cats), wolves, bears, reptiles, most non-human primates. These states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.

9 states have PARTIAL BAN ON PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF EXOTIC ANIMALS. This allows the ownership of some exotics, but not others. This level includes Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Virginia.

12 states require the "owner" of an exotic animal to OBTAIN A PERMIT OR LICENSE from the state agency to own the animal. These states are Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Texas.

9 states require NO LICENSE OR PERMIT TO OWN AN EXOTIC ANIMAL. These states may regulate some aspect of the ownership (entry permit, vet certificate) but some have no governing methods. These states are Alabama, Idaho, MIssouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


As supporters of IEAS, we are sure that you are all well aware of the fact that exotic animals do not make good pets. Exotic animal ownership situations are both dangerous to the "owners" and other people around and extremely detrimental to the animal. One only needs to take one tour of IEAS to learn about how harmful living in less than ideal conditions can be for an animal. Nala, for example, came to IEAS after being so poorly taken care of that she was malnourished and suffering from severe osteoporosis, with tiny fractures in almost every bone in her body. When she arrived at the Sanctuary, she could barely lift her own head. It took a great deal of care get Nala to a healthy state, and now she is an ambassador for animals suffering in homes and backyards across the country. 

It is always important to stay informed about the laws in your state. Knowing what is and isn't okay can help you decide when authorities need to be contacted. We urge you to get in touch with your region's lawmakers and authorities to learn more about the laws in your state and to voice concerns!