Issue 50, April 06, 2010
New Interns Arrive!
Six new interns have arrived at the Sanctuary. This session, we welcome Emily, Leigh, Tess, Em, Dan and Andy to the IEAS team. While here, interns learn a great deal about animal care and management. Spring is always a busy time of the year. Some raking still needs to be done, weed-eating and mowing begins, and painting projects can start again. This past winter was very harsh, leaving many pools cracked and leaking. These new interns will have plenty of opportunities to learn how repairs pools and water troughs, work with pvc piping, pool pumps and much more! This group has already been a huge help in repairing the grizzly bear pool their first week here!
Visit the Animals!
Spring is the perfect time of year to visit IEAS! We have tours everyday at 11:00am. On Saturdays, tours are at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Now is such a great time to tour the Sanctuary. All of the animals (and people) are loving the warm, sunny days! The grizzly bears are awake after a long, quiet winter. Bear Orphanage* is now open to the public as well. You will have a chance to view the black bears of IEAS in a natural, five-acre habitat! So bring the family out to see all of the amazing animals who call IEAS home. We look forward to seeing you!* Please note that sometimes after rain/bad weather, Bear Orphanage may not be open because it may be too slippery to tour that area of the facility. We are still working to fix parts of the trail that lead around the area.
Join Us on Facebook and MySpace!
IEAS is now connecting with people on both Facebook and MySpace! We hope that you will check out our pages and join our group! You will find great pictures and up to date info of news going on at the Sanctuary!
Female Bengal Tigers
Kashmere and Laxmi will be 16 years old this month. Here at IEAS, we like to plant a variety of things such as trees, vines and bushes to provide enrichment and shade for all of the animals. Kashmere and Laxmi have plenty of shade on the bottom half of their habitat, but their top half is mostly in the sun. This year we planted a tree on the top half so that it will provide them with some shade on that side. However, when dealing with tigers, you can't just plant a tree in the habitat and expect it to grow. You have to be able to water it and protect it from curious cats who like to claw it, spray it, climb it and chew on branches! We have placed a temporary fence around the tree in order to protect it until it is big enough that these two playful girls won't destroy it. Soon it will provide Kash and Lax with even more shade to escape the summer heat!
Female Bengal Tiger
Khera will also be 16 years old this month! Khera's mother was confiscated when the FBI arrested the owner for fraud. Her mom was sent to the North Texas Humane Society where Khera and her siblings, Kashmere and Laxmi, were born on April Fool's Day. Mother and cubs were then sent to IEAS. Khera was housed with her sisters for a few years. It was then when her siblings began picking on her, making it an unpleasant living situation for Khera. IEAS Staff made the decision to separate Khera from her siblings. She now enjoys her own habitat with a two pools, perches and enrichment items to play with.
Tricia will be two years old this month! With the warmer weather finally approaching, IEAS staff will soon be working to get the mister system going again for all of the animals of IEAS. Misters are placed strategically throughout the facility, and blow a fine mist on many of the animals' favorite places to "hang out." Here you see Tricia in her "summer tree." A mister was placed to blow on this tree last year. Once Tricia discovered this spot, you would rarely find her anywhere else on the hot, summer days!
Allie Kat and Rasul will be five years old this month! They were confiscated when they were cubs by the US customs before being turned over to the Fish & Wildlife department when someone was attempting to smuggle them into Mexico. They were sent to IEAS from Laredo, TX at approximately 9 weeks of age. The two cubs were raised by Animal Behaviorist, Louis and the IEAS Staff using our unique Emotional Enrichment Program. Their habitat consists of trees for shade, multiple perches, a pool and many enrichment items to play with. To this day, their favorite item remains a little pig-head toy. It is a toy they arrived with and still have not torn up. They are very attached to it.
Nala will be 14 years old this month. Nala lives with her friend Kuru, a male lion. Nala and Kuru got new treat last year. The staff and interns of IEAS built a cave for these two amazing cats so that they would have a nice, cool, private place in order to escape the heat of the summer. Last summer, both Nala and Kuru enjoyed laying in their cave for most of the day. During the fall, you would often find them enjoying the weather while napping on top of their new cave. Check out the video of their cave construction here!