July, 2008How do you escape the summer heat? The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary has come up with a number of ways to help the animals stay cool during the hot, Texas summers. All of the habitats have trees or vines, which provide shade for the animals. Caves provide a nice, cool hideaway for the animals that like them such as the bears, cougars, and bobcats. Mister systems are providing a fine mist on the animal's favorite places to hang out which help keep them cool. For animals that really enjoy the water such as tigers, jaguars, and bears, pools and waterfalls are provided as a place to play and cool off in! Now you can help the animals too! the Sanctuary is trying to raise $1,500 in order to be able to utilize one of the water wells at IEAS.
IEAS currently has two wells to supply water to the 26 pools and over 60 water troughs located on the 40 acre facility. It is imperative that the animals always have access to fresh, clean drinking water. The IEAS staff has come up with a strategic schedule, which allows all of the pools to be cleaned and filled. If we are able to, we try to water the plants that are needed to provide shade for the animals, such as young trees that have been planted and vines.
In the past, these two wells have supplied enough water for the entire facility. However, over the last five years, new residents have arrived and new habitats have been built. We have added four new pools for the tigers and bears, adding a total 10,500 gallons of water needed to fill these pools. The Sanctuary has also added 12 new water troughs to provide drinking water for the animals, requiring another 240 gallons of water. The current wells are now struggling to meet water demands. The long periods of drought we experience during the hot Texas summers and the drilling of numerous water wells from housing projects in the vicinity are not helping the situation either. Due to these situations beyond our control Sanctuary staff have seen the water table continue to lower which has reduced the volume of fresh water they can pump to these magnificent animals.
There is another well on the property that they would like to utilize. In order to get it into working condition, the Sanctuary need to buy a 3/4 HP submersible pump, pressure tank, and a control box. The 200' of pipe, electrical wire, and all the other plumbing supplies have been donated from caring individuals. All the labor and setting the pump will be done by IEAS staff and volunteers. With a third well operating, they will be able to continue providing precious residents with fresh drinking water, pools to cool off in, and misters to lie by. Water will also be available to water all of the trees and vines during the droughts. This is so important as they provide shade for the animals.
Your gift will help ensure that the animals of IEAS stay cool this summer and for years to come. Any amount, large or small, is greatly appreciated.
Help the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary raise $1,500