Issue 64, January 4, 2011
New Interns Arrive at IEAS!
The Winter 2010 Interns arrived in the beginning of December! We welcome Mary, Mackenzie, Amanda, Natalie, Gwen, and Gretta as our Animal Care Interns. We also welcome Elyse to join our team as our Education Intern. They are finding that this internship is not for the faint of heart! Dan from our last Spring session states: "Bleach, blood, and paint stained clothes are not the only things you will take away from your experience at IEAS. Through hard work, dedication and determination, the techniques and training you receive are unparallel. As an Animal Care Intern, you go far beyond preparing diets and cleaning habitats and houses. You become an integral part of what keeps the Sanctuary running." Read more testimonials from our past Interns here!
Don't forget that you can support our Education Program through our Sponsor an Intern Program! Help IEAS to educate the future animal caretakers of the world so that the animals they care for can have the best possible life in captivity as possible.
Welcoming the New Year!
Here at IEAS we are excited to start 2011! Each new year brings new experiences and accomplishments! The staff, interns and volunteers of IEAS continue to learn new things and grow each day that we are here with the animals. We hope to see you this year as well! Come take a tour and meet all of the amazing animals who call IEAS home! We guarantee that you will have a wonderful experience and learn something too! All of the animals are looking forward to their visits from their Adoptive Parents so come and visit your adopted animal the first chance that you get! We would love to see you!
George, Wendy, Willie & Papa Bear
The grizzly bears will be 5 years old on January 6! These four characters are always a favorite on the tours of IEAS. Although right now may not be a great time to see the bears. As the weather gets colder, the grizzlies like to make a den in one of their caves and sleep, sleep and sleep some more. We usually will only see them come out on a really nice warm days until they wake up in the spring!
Female American Black Bear
Lucy will be three years old this month! Lucy lives in Bear Orphange with Dakar, Meyote, Lucky, Pixie, Rascal and Rowdy. She and Lucky are pretty much inseparable. They formed a strong bond shortly after Lucy arrived at IEAS and have rarely been seen apart since. These two bears love to eat together, play together, roam around their five acre habitat together and sleep together. We are so happy that they have formed such a strong relationship and love to see them enjoying life here at IEAS!
Billy will be seven years old this month! Billy was abandoned on the doorstep of a wildlife rehabilitation center in New Mexico. Staff members of the center contacted IEAS to see if we would be able to take the animals. Billy arrived with his companion, Barbara, and is now enjoying his life in his new habitat with a cave and perches to lie on. You will usually see Billy lying in his igloo during the cooler months or behind some bushes during the warmer months. He enjoys visit from people, especially adoptive parents and will usually come over for a short visit.
Dakar & Meyote
American Black Bears
Dakar and Meyote will be four years old this January. These two are the oldest bears in Bear Orphanage, so I guess you could say they are the rulers. They can pretty much go wherever and do whatever they want. The younger bears know to stay out of the way if Dakar and Meyote are not in the mood to be messed with. However, these two have no problem eating their meals with the younger bears. Dakar has also been seen hanging out with Lucy, licking honey off of a tree together!
Luna & Raja
Luna and Raja will be nine years old on January 21st! It's really hard to believe because they are so much healthier now than when they first arrived and were just 5 years old. They actually seem younger now! Luna and Raja could hardly walk straight when they first arrived at IEAS because they had been fed such a poor diet and lived their whole lives' inside an apartment, never having seen the sun. But with the proper care and a nutritious diet, these two made a miraculous recovery and are now enjoying life at the Sanctuary!
Shauna will be 18 years old this month. Shauna is an extremely lovable lion. She is always so energetic and happy. She loves to have people come and sit by her habitat to visit with her. She is extremely playful and loves to bat her ball around or swing around in her tire. You really never get tired of watching Shauna and her wonderful personality! Check out some videos of Shauna!
Kuru will be 15 years old this month. A few months after Kuru arrived, IEAS rescued a female lion, Nala, about the same age as him. They were put together for company, and they both loved each other and played non-stop. Since they got along so well, IEAS Staff decided to allow them to remain together. Kuru and Nala have been inseparable ever since then. Kuru enjoys lying on either one of his perches or on top of his cave and watch his surroundings. Where you see Kuru, Nala is not far away. They are usually side-by-side together.