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Put Your Best Paw Forward!
International Exotic Feline Sanctuary

January, 2014

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary News

2013 has been a busy year here at IEAS, and we are ready and eager to start2014 off right! We’ve gained so much wonderful support over the past twelve months as new animals brought those that already loved them to the Sanctuary family. We’ve seen increased support in so many ways this year. With well over 1,000 newFacebook fans, we’ve had an outpouring of generosity from the animal lovers out there. From receiving messages withwonderful fundraising ideas to seeing countless attempts to share our posts and spread the word about the needs of these amazing animals, 2013 has opened our eyes to how loyal and generous the supporters of the IEAS animals really are. We love that you want to be involved in making the lives of these deserving animals the best they can be, and we hope to see even more of our supporters getting involved and putting their best "paw" forward in 2014! Happy New Year to you all! 


So many of you showed your support and efforts in the rescue of the 11 “Cherokee” bears from the bear pits of North Carolina, and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of the rescue and to be providing a safe and happy home to the amazing bears. We’ve also welcomed three young animals –ChewySaber, and Odin – who have certainly been keeping us busy and on our toes since their arrival! Additionally, IEAS welcomed two new species to the family. Popeye, a ring tailed lemur who arrived with Kodi, a white nosed coati, and Cappy, a capybara, found their forever home at the Sanctuary this year. We love that we are branching out and bringing new types of animals to IEAS. It’s an adventure every day to see these new faces, and we’re so honored to be the ones to make them feel happy, safe, and right at home! 


Animal faces aren’t the only new ones at the Sanctuary right now! We’ve just welcomed several new interns to the IEAS team. Right now, we’ve got a full group with Katherine, Anne, Jennifer, Brittany, Allison, Mary, and Steph working alongside our apprentice Jenni! We could tell from the start that these girls came ready to learn, and they’re braving the uncharacteristically cold weather and working hard to take in as much information as they can during their time here. These girls have also started working with their favorite animals as part of theEmotional Enrichment Program, so they are definitely having a positive impact on the lives we care for.

During their time here, they will learn the ins and outs of caring for exotic animals in a Sanctuary setting. They will also have the opportunity to take part in classes such as Grant and Proposal Writing (an imperative part of working for a non-profit organization), Laws and Regulations (exploring the varying degrees of law severity regarding the ownership and care of exotic animals), and Firearms Safety Training (great knowledge to have when working with potentially dangerous animals). 

Click here to meet the new interns, 
and remember that you can 
sponsor an intern here at IEAS! 

Female American Black Bear
Born: January 6, 2008
Arrived: February 25, 2009

Lucy is one of the sweetest bears you'll ever meet! Many have experienced her affection as she strolled the perimeter of her five acreBear Orphanage habitat, following alongside tour goers! She is definitely a "people bear" and loves to come out and see anyone who pays her a visit!

Wendy, George, Willie, & Papa Bear
European Brown Bears
Born: January 6, 2006
Arrived: July 11, 2007

These four rambunctious bears usually spend their birthday sleeping the cold weather away, but when it's time to be up and about, they know just how to play! They love to wrestle, romp, and cause a raucous. As siblings, they are quite a sight to see as they run around and play!

Female White-nosed Coatimundi
Born: January 8, 2007
Arrived: April 27, 2012

Mindy is a very affectionate little girl, and she's definitely got a fan club! Her endearing little squeaks and her curious nose will definitely wiggle their way into your heart in no time at all. She and her companion, Mork, love visitors almost as much as they love new smells to investigate!

Female American Black Bear
Born: January 8, 2010
Arrived: June 9, 2013

This is Bettie's first birthday at IEAS, and we hope it's her best ever! She came from the "bear pits" of North Carolina and has made quite an adjustment in her new. Bettie has fully embraced living a more natural life, and we're sure she'll spend her birthday basking in the sun under favorite tree!

Male American Black Bear
Born: January 10, 2005
Arrived: June 9, 2013

Rusty came to IEAS with Bettie and the others from the "bear pits." His first birthday at IEAS will most likely be spent eating his favorite foods and lounging in his hay filled cave. Rusty is a sweet natured bear who came into his new life whole heartedly. We'll make his birthday as special as possible!

Female Syrian Brown Bear
Born: January 10, 2013
Arrived: June 13, 2013

Chewy is turning 1 year old! We really can't believe how fast this girl has grown up. Her first birthday snuck up on us, but we are excited to continue to watch her mature and grow in both size and confidence during her second year. We're sure she will be as playful and lovable as ever!

Female American Black Bear
Born: January 13, 1987
Arrived: June 9, 2013

Sarah came to IEAS from the "bear pits" of North Carolina, and this will be her first birthday at the Sanctuary! Sarah loves exploring her 1+ acre home, full of trees, grasses, dirt, and everything else a bear could ever want! We're happy to see how much she continues to embrace her new life!

Male Caracal
Born: January 18, 2004
Arrived: August 29, 2008

Billy is the only caracal at IEAS, and he does his species proud! This boy will most likely be spending his birthday snuggled up with his companion, a serval named Barbara. He's got so much personality, but he definitely makes you work for his affection! Once you have it, you know he likes you!

Dakar & Meyote
American Black Bears
Born: January 21
Arrived: August 27, 2007

This sibling pair is always sure to be found close together. They've grown up as best friends, and they love to spend their time lounging together in their favorite spots. They're the largest male and female residents of Bear Orphanage, but these two can snuggle up in the coziest spaces together!

Luna & Raja
African Servals
Born: January 21, 2002
Arrived: June 28, 2007

Luna and Raja sure pack a lot of spunk into a small package! They may be two of the smallest residents at IEAS, but they've got enough attitude to make up for it! They are fiesty and playful, and they love to run around their habitat together, chasing each other all over! 

Female Lion
Born: January 22, 1993
Arrived: September 1, 1994

Shauna is one of the oldest and most playful residents of the Sanctuary. She has a few favorite games, such as hide and seek and soccer, but her favorite thing in the world is a visit from one of her best friends. Shauna is very affectionate and once you've earned her trust, she will always be happy to see you! 

Female American Black Bear
Born: January 25, 2010
Arrived: August 31, 2010

Greta is such a sweet, independent bear. She lives happily with Scooter and Scamp, but this girl loves time to herself when the boys get too crazy. Greta's favorite thing to do is lounge high in the trees enjoying a nice breeze, but she's always eager to come down for some fish! 


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