Issue 45, January 5, 2010
We Look Forward to Seeing YOU in 2010!
We would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of our friends! We hope that everyone has had a wonderful Holiday Season! 2009 was a very busy year for us here at IEAS, with new residents arriving and constant habitat modifications and improvements to accommodate them! We are sure that 2010 will be just as exciting and we hope that you will be here to share it with us. We look forward to seeing each of you here at the Sanctuary. Many of you have been able to visit us in the past and we hope that you will come to visit all of the animals again. For those of you who have not been able to come to IEAS, we hope to see you this year!
2010 will certainly be bringing special changes for your visit to the Sanctuary. We hope that by the Spring, guests will be able to tour through our newest habitat addition known as Bear Orphanage. This unique habitat is one of a kind featuring two five-acre tracts which are currently housing seven of the Black Bears of IEAS. These natural habitats include everything that a bear would find in the wild, including forest areas, meadow areas, ponds, and den sites for the bears. Once Bear Orphanage is open to the public, we will notify you via our website as well as sending you a special message, inviting you to come and see this amazing accomplishment.
New Interns Arrive at IEAS
The Winter 2009 interns arrived at the Sanctuary back in the beginning of December. This session, we welcome Erica, Elise, Brittany, and Chrissy as Animal Care Interns. We are also happy to say that Tina will be staying on for another session. Since their arrival, these young individuals have already proved to be dedicated and hard working. We look forward to working with and educating them over the next few months.
Our unique Intern Program has been a huge success. Over 90% of our interns have moved on to other reputable facilities to provide quality care for animals. We have former interns pursuing their animal careers at a number of major zoos across the United States such as St. Louis Zoo, Bronx Zoo, San Antonio Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Denver Zoo, Cameron Park Zoo and Columbus Zoo, just to name a few. We also have interns working for animal welfare organizations such as governmental, state, and environmental agencies. You can help to support this amazing program as well by Sponsoring an Intern. Please contact us, or call our office at 940-433-5091 to learn more about this special opportunity.
IEAS Animals are Truckin' Along!
We would like to thank those of you who donated gifts to help IEAS raise $2,500 in order to purchase a truck for the Sanctuary. We are happy to report that this fundraiser was a success! The search for a used pick-up truck is on! We greatly appreciate all of you who helped us to raise funds for this important cause!
George, Wendy, Willie & Papa Bear
Female American Black Bear
Dakar & Meyote
American Black Bears
Luna & Raja