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May Flowers and Bear Showers and Birthday Big Cats to Celebrate!
International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

May, 2015

 

April showers
bring
May flowers!


How we can help you with your gardening needs.

With all your gardens in bloom, now’s the time to protect your plants from pests, and IEAS can help you out!  Big Cat Scat can be used as a natural repellant, and we have PLENTY of it around here.  Just call in your order, and we can collect, separate, dry and process the scat and pack it safely in childproof buckets for your gardening use.  Big Cat Scat has been scientifically shown to repel feral pigs and rabbits, and may also deter deer, horses and cattle. 
 

Order your Big Cat Scat today!
1 Gallon Bucket:  $ 15.00
2.5 Gallon Bucket: $35.00
5 Gallon Bucket: $50.00

 
1 gallon of scat should be enough to cover 100 square feet. Applications are recommended monthly to ensure best results.

 

Place your order by calling 940-433-5091 or emailing richard@bigcat.org!
Please contact us to determine shipping & handling costs.
 
Bear Showers

Recent rain has provided some interesting enrichment for our bears.
 
 
Water Weekend Success
 
Our Annual “Quench Our Thirst” Water Weekend was another HUGE success! 100+ visitors brought 2000+ bottles of water out to IEAS.  We can’t thank everyone enough for participating this weekend!  The water will go a long way in quenching the inevitable thirst of this summer’s Sanctuary guests!
 
School Tours
 
Spring time not only brings us plenty of rain, it also brings out the school tours!  We have already had over 200 students from surrounding schools visit IEAS for a Conservation Education tours. This month, we have almost 500 more students scheduled for a tour!  During these tours, the students learn about conservation, the animals, and how important they are to our world.  They are able to read our informative conservation signs posted throughout the Sanctuary. They inform the public of the natural history and the efforts being taken to conserve each of the different species that call IEAS home.   
 
We encourage school teachers to plan field trips for students in third grade and up. IEAS has so much to offer and can make a morning spent touring the Sanctuary a unique, worthwhile, interesting, educational and exciting experience for students of all ages. Our school tour program has lectures aimed at each grade level and covers some of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). We are happy to work with schools and teachers to create lesson plans and a tour experience designed specifically for your students. Every weekday large group tours for children age seven and older are available with one week’s advance notice. The suggested group tour donation is $5.00 per child and $10.00 per adult. In-kind gifts may also be substituted for your monetary donation. Just contact the office, and we can work something out. One adult chaperone for every ten children is encouraged as students will be split into groups of ten. Tours begin at 11am and last approximately an hour and a half. Lunch afterward around the pool at the center of the Sanctuary is also an option. Call our office at (940)433-5091 or visit our website at www.bigcat.org for more details.
 
Remember, if you can’t make it out to IEAS or are too young to join us for a tour, we are able to provide virtual tours to schools across the United States using Skype! With a week notice, we will be able to set up a Skype tour that fits your lesson plan. IEAS would also be happy to provide School Presentation about exotic animals or even for Career Day. We have already given a number of Career Day presentations focusing on how to reach the goal of working with animals. It's always an amazing experience to show students what it takes to work in this field and how incredibly rewarding it can be! With each presentation, we're always excited to see how many future Conservationists, Animal Rescuers, Animal Caretakers, and Zookeepers we have in our midst!  Our Education Program was designed and created with the hopes of teaching children (and adults alike) about these wonderful animals and how important they are to our world.
 
A Special Thank You
to
Costco
 
We'd like to give a HUGE thank you to the Fort Worth Costco, off the corner of N. Tarrant Pkwy and 35W South, for donating their extra produce to the residents at IEAS! This came at the perfect time with all the bears waking up from their winter sleep and ready to eat!  We also want to give a special thanks to Costco employees, Laurie, Danny, and Jill, for all their hard work in helping to make these weekly donations possible.  Produce donations such as these allow us to provide the best care possible for the bears and other residents of IEAS!
 
Join IEAS Team
 
This year, we have welcomed a number of new members to the IEAS family, and we are happy to have these dedicated volunteers!  They have already jumped in to give a helping hand to the staff by doing dishes, giving tours, raking, painting, sorting produce and pretty much any and all activities that require one to get dirty.  However, they don’t seem to care about that because they get to spend time with the animals that they are helping every day. 
 
The background of our volunteers varies dramatically from college students to a US Army Apache pilot to a federal prison official to a flight attendant to retirees!  However, they all have one thing in common…their love for animals and their desire to help any way they can.  Half of our volunteers have helped IEAS for at least four years with the longest tenure being seventeen years!  No matter how long they have been with IEAS, they are part of the family, and we are grateful to have them! 
 
We would like to give a shout out to all these dedicated individuals! 
Barbara, Billy, Brenda, Brendan, Butch, Cathie, Dee, Denise, George, Hannah, Jennifer, Jerry, Julie, Lindsay, Susan, and Zane!
 
Birthdays
 
Sajani
Birthday: 5/19/98
Arrival: 8/15/11
More info
 
 
Newt
Birthday: 5/5/94
Arrival: 5/1/96
More Info
 
 
 
Saber
Birthday: 5/25/13
Arrival: 6/30/13
More info
 
 
Rio
Birthday: 5/28/99
Arrival: 2/21/13
More info
 
 


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