Christmas trees were a big hit again! We were so lucky that so many wonderful people and groups were willing to donate their trees to the Sanctuary animals. They absolutely loved playing with and cuddling with their seasonal treats.
Christmas trees are always a ton of fun for the animals. The big cats chomp down on them, throw them around and tear them to bits! The bears, on the other hand, prefer to snuggle up with the branches in their favorite denning spots.
Thank you to everyone who donated their trees this year!
At the end of January, IEAS had some awesome visitors from Kansas! A group of six college students from the University of Kansas spent their spring break volunteering with us to help the animals. They were a great help to all of the staff and interns at the Sanctuary and helped our week go by smoothly. We were glad that they got to spend time with the animals and that they got to watch the big cats receive their seasonal enrichment – Christmas trees!
Thanks to the KU students for choosing the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary for your spring break! The animals appreciate your support!
It’s been a busy season for us here at the Sanctuary as we welcomed two more American black bears to the family. These two tiny cubs made their way to Texas after being orphaned in the wilds of Alaska. Teddy, the male cub, was found in Northern Alaska while his pseudo-sister, Twinkle, lost her mother further south.
Now, these young bears will grow up in a caring, safe environment with every opportunity to act like wild bears that we can provide. It's amazing to see how far they have already come with the help of Emotional Enrichment. Initially shy and reserved, both of these sweet natured cubs have begun to embrace their new caregivers. Eager for companionship and affection, they are quick to come out of their comfy cave for a visit whenever a trusted friend arrives.
As always, we are happy to add to our ever growing family. We are confident that you, our supporters, will embrace these two cubs as you have each and every new resident in the past!
We'd also like to extend our gratitude to everyone who was a part of helping Teddy and Twinkle find their way to their forever home - Shannon Jensen and the Alaska Zoo staff and Alaska Fish and Wildlife staff.