HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?!
Some of you may have already heard the news through our Facebook page, but if you haven’t, then SURPRISE! Meet Rio! Rio is a brand new resident of IEAS, bringing the added bonus of being a brand new species to the Sanctuary. She is the first ocelot that has ever called IEAS home, and we’re so happy to have her!
Rio hasn’t been here long, so she still has some settling in to do. She's shy for now, but her appetite is great! So far, she has been coming out to eat at night when everything has quieted down. In just the past few days, she's been spotted exploring her habitat, ramps, and perches just as the sun begins setting. As she continues to settle in and as her confidence and comfort increase, we're sure to see Rio poking her head out during the day!
Spring is on the way!
With March here, we know that spring is right around the corner, and another intern session is underway. There will be lots of big projects this spring, so the new interns will have plenty of opportunities to learn new skills that can be added to their resumes and will eventually help them get a job in the animal welfare field!
In the meantime, IEAS staff is more than ready for warmer weather, and we know that some of the residents are also! The coatis have been curling up together on their perches in the sun, but they're always eager for a visit with friends! It’s just about time for the Grizzly bears to stretch their legs and wake up from their long winter sleep, and we’ve noticed them popping their heads out more and more often recently. The black bears living in Dorfman Bear Orphanage have also been venturing out of their cozy caves, exploring the habitat they haven’t seen much of in the past few months! We’re excited to see more of the bears and also excited for the warmer temperatures headed our way (hopefully soon)! In the meantime, we're watching all of the other animals shaking off the hay and basking in the sun. The Triplets (Akbar, Arusha, and Kumar), have found a way to enjoy the hay and the sun - curling up together in the doorway of their houses with the sun streaming in!
Birthdays this Month!
Scoundrel has grown into such a confident young bear! He loves exploring his five-acre habitat in Dorfman Bear Orphanage and has really come to trust his favorite caretakers. We are so proud of all the progress he has made since his last birthday, and we can’t wait to see what the next year brings! Happy 2nd Birthday Scoundrel!
We can’t believe Domino is turning 20 this year! We are sure that he will celebrate his birthday by basking in the sun on his favorite perch, and he will be happy to receive birthday greetings from his most trusted friends. This handsome jaguar has seen many birthdays come and go, but it has only made him wiser! Happy Birthday Domino!
Chrissy is another year older this month; she’s turning 5! This girl hasn’t seemed to age a bit in her five years. She is as feisty as a kitten, particularly in the evenings when she, and her best pal Tricia, come down from their high perches and visit with their human friends. She loves to meow and climb all over her habitat! Happy 5th Birthday Chrissy!
Ron is the “king” of the Sanctuary, and he knows it! This proud lion loves to spend his days lounging in the sun on his perch or in the grass, especially when his tire is nearby! His friendly moans and groans are some of the best sounds we hear around the Sanctuary, and we’re always more than happy to send him some love right back! Happy Birthday Ron!