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Summer is officially here, and we are ready for it!
International Exotic Feline Sanctuary

June, 2014

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary News


Summer is officially here, and we are ready for it! We've been doing lots of projects, with even more to come, but we're eager and excited to have so many of you out to visit the animals this season! We hope you'll come by to see the changes that have been made and visit your favorite furry friends! 

Just a few days ago, the Sanctuary welcomed a new and tiny face to the family! Meet Timmy! Timmy is an American black bear cub brought to IEAS by the Wyoming Fish and Game Department after he was found orphaned. A good samaritan found Timmy in Elk Mountain, Wyoming and alerted authorities about the helpless cub. At less than ten pounds, Timmy had no chance of surviving on his own in the wild, and the Fish and Game Department decided that the Sanctuary would be Timmy's best chance at a long and happy life! 

Timmy still has a great deal of adjusting to do in his new home, but he is quickly learning who we are and what his new family is all about! Our Animal Behaviorist, Louis Dorfman, and staff have been spending lots of time with this little cub using Emotional Enrichment, helping him understand that we are and will always be a source of security and comfort for him. He is responding very well, and is already trusting us more every day. He is playful, active, and curious, and we can't wait to see him continue to grow and adjust here at IEAS! 

IEAS would like to thank everyone who was a part of getting Timmy to the Sanctuary:
Ryan Kenneda, the Game Warden who brought Timmy to the Sybille Research Center
Dr. Mary Wood, DVM, MPH and the staff at the State Wildlife Vet Clinic who cared for Timmy
and Louis and Julia Dorfman who traveled to Wyoming to bring Timmy home!


To say we've been busy with tours during the past month would be a huge understatement. We've had so many students come from the area to meet and learn from the IEAS animals, including groups of up to 175 kids! In total, over 800 students visited the Sanctuary in May, and we never would have been able to accommodate them all without the help of our amazing volunteers and staff. We'd like to send a huge THANK YOU to Denise, Billy, George, Hayley, and Jeremy, who all went above and beyond, and were an incredible help on some of our busiest tour days. They've also been a wonderful help during our short-staffed days, when they came in extra hours to help us get the job done! We couldn't have done it without you! 

We've officially "broken ground" on the habitat updates for Cappy, the Sanctuary's only capybara. The first step we're making is to build this water-loving rodent a pool to cool off in! Based on how much Cappy already loves the water tubs we've provided for her, she will definitely be more than eager to take a dip in her very own pool. We're also working to ensure that Cappy will have plenty of grass to loungin and munch on, along with shady corners and caves that she can tuck away in for privacy! We're sure that she is going to be one happy Cappy when she finally makes the move to her permanent habitat! We'll be sure to keep you updated on the progress, and we'll post some pictures/videos of the process plus Cappy's first time in the habitat on Facebook! Be sure to "like" our page to stay up to date on what's going on! 

Male Siberian Tiger
Born: June 1, 1997
Rescued: February 18, 1998

Caesar is definitely one of the proudest tigers at the Sanctuary. He demands respect and, as with each of the Sanctuary residents, we are more than happy to give it to him! Caesar loves to lounge in the waterfall of his pool during the hot summers, and we're betting he will spend his birthday there!

Male Grizzly Bear
Born: June 6, 2005
Rescued: June 9, 2013

Spearmint takes the prize for largest animal at IEAS! This big boy is celebrating his first birthday since his arrival at IEAS (which was one year ago this month!), and we're happy to report that he will be happy, content, and lounging in the forest for his birthday! No more concrete pits for this bear!

Female White Bengal Tiger
Born: June 16, 2008
Rescued: June 2, 2009

Kimberly's antics are never in short supply! This girl loves to play and is certainly one of the most rambunctious residents at IEAS. When she isn't trying to entice her neighbor, Kashmere, to bounce along the fence line with her, she is splashing around in her pool or pouncing on her favorite boomer ball!

Female White Bengal Tiger
Born: June 16, 2008
Rescued: June 2, 2009

After what we're sure will be a morning full of playing with her boomer balls, Karen will most likely spend her 6th birthday lounging around her habitat, taking a break from relaxing only to gaze at her neighbor, Titan. Those two love to keep an eye on each other!

Male Ring-tailed Lemur
Born: June 20, 2009
Rescued: July 5, 2013

Popeye is turning 4 years old this month! He's such a kid at heart, and we love to see him bouncing around his habitat. Popeye has quickly become a crowd favorite since his arrival at IEAS less than a year ago, so if you love him, but sure to send some Happy Birthday wishes his way on his special day! 

Female White-nosed Coati
Born: June 28, 2010
Rescued: July 6, 2013

Kodi is as curious as coatis come! She loves to sniff new things, and is always eager for a visit with her most trusted friends. Her little squeaks are one of our favorite sounds to hear in the morning! We're expecting to find Kodi napping in the shade on her most loved perch on her birthday!


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