Providing a Safe and Caring Environment for Exotic Animals

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  • Unique Emotional Enrichment Program

    One of a kind program utilizing kindness to rehabilitate wild animals.
  • Become An Intern

    Four to eight positions are available in the IEAS Animal Care Department.
  • Schedule a Tour

    Join the thousands of others who take personal tours of the sanctuary each year and experience a bit of our program and these exotic animals.
  • Daily Animal Updates

    Check out our Daily Animal Updates to see what the amazing animals of IEAS are up to each day!
  • Visit Our Blog

    Keep up on the latest sanctuary happenings posted frequently in our blog.
  • Educating the Public

    The IEAS strives to educate the public through tours, articles, interviews and television shows.
  • Our Animal Behaviorist

    Louis Dorfman has spent his life working with wild predators, particularly large exotic cats.
  • Adopt An Animal

    Support the Sanctuary by adopting an animal. Come visit your animal at the sanctuary!
  • Many Ways to Help

    Visit the How to Help section on our website to find out how you can become involved!
  • Behaviourist's Articles

    Visit the Education section on the website to view articles written by Louis Dorfman.

Welcome to the Animal Sanctuary

CaracalsInternational Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Inc. ( IEAS) was founded in Boyd, Texas in 1988 as a 501(c)(3), nonprofit tax-exempt corporation. IEAS's current mission is the care and welfare of its animal inhabitants, as well as educating the public about their needs. The inhabitants include bobcats, cougarslions, tigers and bears among other species. As of January 2014, 42 felines 3 coatis, a lemur, a capybara and 27 bears call IEAS home, with spacious habitats, pools and houses. The employees and volunteers who care for the animals give of their time and talents to ensure the quality of life to which they are entitled.

Purpose of the International
Exotic Animal Sanctuary

The purpose and goals of IEAS are to provide a permanent sanctuary for exotic animals that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, confiscated, or previously owned by people unwilling or unable to provide for these magnificent beings. Additionally, IEAS educates the public through school programs, tour lectures, support for conservation programs, and public appearances about the value and worth of these sensitive, intelligent and perceptive animals, so that their future, as an important part of our world, is ensured. We are committed to strengthening and promoting conservation education and other avenues to foster conservation in which we can participate. Our major goal is to give the resident animals the best quality of life we can give them in captivity through our Emotional Enrichment Program, which deals with the emotional well-being of each individual animal and its individual emotional needs. We do this to fill the need to reduce stress and agitation, give each animal the best life it can have in captivity, and by understanding what is required to achieve that goal.

Sanctuary News

Welcome Home Timmy!

Just over a week ago, the Sanctuary welcomed a new and tiny face to the family! Meet Ti... read more


We recently found out about a great company called Bravelets!&nbs... read more

4th Annual Water Weekend!

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Wildlife Candle Company

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The four grizzly bears were 16 months old when they arrived at IEAS. They were born at a facility that had an older pair of grizzly bears they didn't ...

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Timmy was found orphanaged in Elk Mountain, Wyoming by a good samaritan who alerted authorities to this helpless cub. He was transported by Game Warde...

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Isabella and her companions, Barnum and Big John, were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Brownsville, TX because of violations of t...

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